updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu June 17, 2010
Complains Apple not keeping up-to-date
Apple has once again failed to put the latest version of Flash in a Snow Leopard update, Adobe's security and privacy director complains. Mac OS X 10.6.4, released on Tuesday, includes Flash Player 10.0.45.2. The problem, says Brad Arkin, is that this version of Flash was originally released for Macs in February, whereas v10.1 has been available since last week and fixes major security vulnerabilities, in addition to bringing feature improvements.
Apple infamously shipped the first edition of Snow Leopard with an older version of Flash. The current update does not appear to downgrade Adobe's software, but unless Apple publishes a follow-up security update or Adobe sends out prompts, some users may be left without protection against known Flash-based exploits. On the surface the lack of parity appears to conflict with statements by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, who has railed against Adobe for failing to address bugs and vulnerabilities.