Yesterday, we reported the latest update to Safari. Brad Arkin, Adobe’s senior director of security, products and services, has commended Apple for disabling old Flash Player versions in a recent Safari update.
The older versions of Adobe’s flash player were potentially susceptible to malicious code and other security vulnerabilities.
“We welcome today’s initiative by Apple to encourage Mac users to stay up-to-date. Remember: The single most important thing we can do to protect ourselves from the bad guys is to stay up-to-date. A thank you to the security team at Apple for working with us to help protect our mutual customers!” — Arkin
The Safari update (version 5.1.7) automatically disables Flash software older than version 10.1.102.65, which dates back to November 2010. Users will need to manually reinstate the older software if they want to use legacy players.
While Arkin praised Apple’s recent update, he also acknowledged Adobe’s lack of support for the Mac platform when it comes to automatic updating tools. Adobe issued a fix last week for a recently discovered Flash exploit and Windows users had the luxury of an automatic fix downloaded in the background on their systems. On the other hand, Mac users had to install the software manually.
Arkin mentioned that a Mac version of the Flash Player background updater “is currently in beta and will be available very soon.”