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  • Apple Opts to Block Old and Unsafe Adobe Flash Plug-In Versions in OS X Safari


    After the discovery and fix for another critical Adobe Flash vulnerability that surfaced just last week, the Cupertino California company has activated its web plugin blocking capability for OS X Safari to protect Mac users from what Adobe claims are “limited, targeted attacks.” Apple recently posted a support document to its website stating that Flash versions that are older than 19.0.0.226 or 18.0.0.255 (on older machines) are now actively going to be restricted from running on OS X. This added precautionary measure is instituted to protect users that are unaware of the vulnerability situation.

    For those of you who didn’t know, Adobe just last week confirmed knowledge of the vulnerability, stating that malicious users were conducting real-world attacks that “could cause a crash and potentially allow the attacker to take control of the affected system.” After acknowledging the issue, the company pushed out a fix towards the end of last week.

    Apple, for its part, noted that Mac users that are running insecure Flash software will see the message “Blocked plug-in,” “Flash Security Alert,” or “Flash out-of-date.” If a user clicks the alert link, they will be taken to Adobe’s Flash installer page where the latest version of the plug-in can be downloaded and installed.

    If you hadn’t already made out Apple is known for being proactive in shielding its unsuspecting customers from vulnerabilities, particularly from Flash vulnerabilities. It has done so by activating its plug-in blocker last summer to help protect against a previous flaw.

    As an end user, the moral of the story is: if you need to have the Flash player installed, keep it updated!

    Source: Adobe, Apple (Support)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Opts to Block Old and Unsafe Adobe Flash Plug-In Versions in OS X Safari started by Akshay Masand View original post