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Latest Mac OS X update included vulnerable Flash plugin

Apple has experienced a few problems this week, one of which is shipping a vulnerable Flash Player plugin with its most recent Mac OS X patch update. Get the details.

Apple has faced a few oopsies this week. First, it had to apologize to customers for the problems caused when the large number of iPhone 4 pre-orders (silver lining) crashed systems and overwhelmed AT&T, and then the big Mac OS X security patch turned out to have the wrong Flash plugin.

Flash Player 10.0.45.2 had numerous critical vulnerabilities, and unfortunately, that's the one that went out in the latest update. The updated version should be Flash Player 10.1.53.64. that Adobe shipped on June 10. To check your version in each browser on your system go to the About Flash Player page or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select About Adobe Flash Player from the menu. Update your version as necessary. I read that if you had already updated your Flash Player, the Mac update did not appear to downgrade it when applied, but you might want to check anyway.

Apple also released the Mac OS X Server 10.6.4 update as well as Safari 5.0. If you've upgraded the Safari browser to the latest version already, what are your first impressions? I haven't yet, but one of my Twitter friends reported numerous freezes. More bad news?

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5 comments
ryan.gillen
ryan.gillen

That's some quality reporting. "I read that..." "one of my Twitter friends reported..." No need for real sources when you have anonymous friends! Is it really that hard to try verifying these things with more than one person before reporting it like Apple's made a serious blunder? As long as Flash doesn't roll back if you've updated (which it didn't in my case), why is it Apple's responsibility to update a 3rd party plugin? Just update flash player yourself like you would normally have to! BTW, Safari 5 works just fine for me. Love the reader button.

Bozo T Clown
Bozo T Clown

When I read these kind of articles, I really start questioning the intelligence of technical reporters. Do you truly understand software development life cycles, do you have verbal d**** or did you get a brain cramp when writing your column? Having anyone release an update to their application (no matter how widely used) six days before putting out an OS update that was in testing for almost three months does not justify withdrawing the OS update and go through the whole testing process again. To do so for any OS would guarantee we would NEVER have any OS revisions! Nuff said ...

HypnoToad72
HypnoToad72

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/perlow/web-video-showdown-flash-vs-quicktime-vs-windows-media/13176 http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/does_html5_really_beat_flash_surprising_results_of_new_tests.php Outside of OS X, Flash is rather great. And as with ANY programming language, bad coding on the part of the programmer is more likely to cause browser crashing. A seminar I went to today did discuss the advances made in CS5 and v10.1; lowering system requirements, integrating XML, and opening up for future concerns. Flash is going nowhere. Plus, you can't turn off HTML5 ads... not to mention that HTML5 isn't exactly a proper standard yet... and when it is, other companies will splinter it just like previous versions. As a Mac user, I was on Jobs's side until I started reading up on other factors. Not to mention this: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sprague/archive/2007/01/18/java.aspx Java is still quite alive and kicking and has the support of major vendors. Lastly, http://blogs.gartner.com/ray_valdes/2010/02/10/html5-and-flash/ Obviously a couple months old, but it's well-written. One user also made a great rebuttal on font consistency and other factors from a well-designed Flash site... And in case Adobe does drop Apple completely, I've put Win7 on my Mac Pro (so now I can get an ATi 5870 and not be bothered to wait for Apple to catch up with video technology) and my mid-2009 MacBook Pro. Jobs also made a loose apology, found at http://www.tomsguide.com/us/Steve-Jobs-Adobe-Flash-HTML5,news-6944.html For a while, I half-hoped Apple would want to buy Adobe. Having learned the language and reading all of the stats above, Adobe needs to remain unpurchased. Apple is biting off more than it can chew.

Selena Frye
Selena Frye

This was just a quick news update about what's going on with Apple this week -- not meant to be a slam or in-depth reporting. I thought some people might be unaware that they need to update their Flash player if they haven't already done so. I'm sorry it seems to have bugged people so much.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

Aside what Selena said elsewhere, I think her point was not why did they include a buggy Flash player update but that it *IS* included. If Apple *WAS* smart, they should of left Flash Player out. Microsoft doesn't update any third party software in their service packs - so why does Apple do it? Microsoft has always stated that their service packs cover updates from one point in time to another. If some comes later, it's not included.

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