Apple Blocks Older Versions Of Adobe Flash Plug-In To Protect Users From Malware

Apple has crippled Flashback significantly, and the number of infected users is dropping rapidly.

Apple announced today that they have updated Safari’s web plug-in that blocks older versions of Adobe Flash Player.

The update comes after Apple, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft experienced a slew of malicious attacks on their computers via a Java exploit. Blocking the Adobe Flasher Player plugin should protect users from vulnerabilities.

The Next Web reports that the update is automatic and affects the Adobe Flash Player plug-in system wide by using Apple’s Xprotect file update. By using the Xprotect file, Apple is abile to block a list of banned plugins that include older versions Flash and Java.

“To help protect users from a recent vulnerability, Apple has updated the web plug-in-blocking mechanism to disable older versions of the web plug-in: Adobe Flash Player:

To update your OS X machine to the latest version of Flash, Apple recommends you follow this guide.

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  • hanhothi

    Well, at least you still have the choice of installing Flash, unlike with iOS. “The iPad gives the best web surfing experience”? I don’t think so! Without Flash it is CRIPPLED! Thanks for nothing Jobsy!!!

  • Waitforit

    Well, at least you still have the choice of installing Flash, unlike with iOS. “The iPad gives the best web surfing experience”? I don’t think so! Without Flash it is CRIPPLED! Thanks for nothing Jobsy!!!

    Ahem, adobe has dropped development of the mobile flash program. Your comments seem like some type of rant. You won’t get flash on any new android devices either. Who’s to blame there?

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