Senior director of security of Adobe praised Apple for releasing a Safari update on Wednesday that disabled old Flash Player versions that may be vulnerable to malicious code.
Brad Arkin – Adobe Senior of Security,Products and Services complimented Apple’s decision to automatically disable obsolete versions of his company’s Flash Player in a Wednesday blog post:
“We welcome today’s initiative by Apple to encourage Mac users to stay up-to-date,” Arkin wrote yesterday in a post on the Adobe Secure Software Engineering Team (ASSET) blog. “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!”
This post was addressed to Apple’s Safari 5.1.7 update that runs in OS X Lion,Snow Leopard and Windows 7,XP and Vista. Flash software older than version 10.1.102.64,which dates back to November 2010,are automatically disabled in the update.That means that users have to manually reinstated the software if they want to use it.
Arkin also mentioned the steps Adobe is taking with its various product lines,background updating for example,to ensure the security of its customers.Not all of Adobe’s automated updating tools are available for Mac users yet.Nevertheless,the chief of security stated that the company is continuing to develop products for Apple’s OS:
“A Mac version of the Flash Player background updater is currently in beta and will be available very soon—stay tuned,” Arkin said.
An emergency update to fix a cross-platform Flash exploit was released by Adobe less than a week ago. A lot of Windows OCs were automatically fixed,unlike Macs,where users had to install the software manually.
The relationship between Apple and Adobe has been a little bit tensed since Steve Jobs wrote an open letter in 2010 that described Flash as a PC-bound format that “falls short” in the current low-power mobile computing environment.
In 2011 Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen commented the Flash on iOS failure,saying that the dispute was over.He also stated,that Flash-packing Android tablets would one day dominate Apple’s iPad and that HP and RIM would make headway in the enterprise tablet market.
Later in 2011 Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen downplayed the Flash on iOS debacle, saying that the dispute was over. He went on to predict that Flash-packing Android tablets would one day dominate Apple’s iPad and that HP and RIM would make headway in the enterprise tablet market.