SAS® Software and Its Use of the Adobe Flash Player

Updated July 2020

Background

Applications in the SAS® 9.4 platform – as well as many SAS® solutions that are based on SAS 9.3 and SAS 9.4 – used Adobe Flash Player to provide interactive user interfaces. Adobe announced that it intends to move its Flash technology to end-of-life status, and it will cease to update and distribute the Flash Player at the end of 2020. Most browser vendors already included security warnings for users of Flash content, disabled Flash by default in 2019, and are expected to remove support for Flash completely in 2020 to match the end-of-life direction that is stated by Adobe.

SAS continues to closely monitor Adobe communications as the Adobe Flash Player end-of-life (EOL) approaches. Adobe has launched an Adobe Flash Player EOL General Information Page for general questions about Flash. Adobe has also launched an Adobe Flash Player EOL Enterprise Information Page which lists the commercial options for Enterprise customers as well as providing a Flash Player Administration Guide.

The SAS position and recommendations for removing the Adobe Flash Player dependency in SAS software are discussed below.

Position

As customers transition from SAS software releases that used Flash, SAS makes the following recommendations for customers with specific product licenses:

  • SAS recommends that customers with SAS products that map directly to comparable offerings on the SAS® Viya® platform should modernize their respective SAS environments by upgrading to SAS Viya.
  • Customers who have a mix of SAS products with and without comparable offerings on SAS Viya can choose to upgrade their SAS environments to SAS 9.4M6 (TS1M6).

Per SAS’ policy about SAS software support when third-party vendors drop support, SAS is moving products that rely on Adobe Flash components to Limited Support on December 31, 2020. To check the support level for your SAS product, please consult the SAS Support Levels by Product page.

Read our technical paper, Modernizing Your SAS® UIs: Removing Dependencies on Adobe Flash, for more information on the steps you need to take to ease the transition.

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