Company sites customer safety as main concern
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/08/2013 -- Considering what Apple did with certain Java versions in the past, it was not much of a surprise when they made the same changes to the Adobe's Flash Player plugin.
Citing the protection of Mac users from security risks, the company has now blocked archaic versions of the Adobe's Flash plug-in program. The company explained that it already has updated the plugin to block unwanted version in the Safari program.
"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."
The update was noted by Jim Dalrymple of The Loop as being a likely response to the recent exposure of particular vulnerabilities within the older versions.
In order to create the block, Apple has updated its “Xprotect.plist” file that makes the version of the come up with a “Blocked plug-in,” response, while Safari will post a prompt leading one to an updated version.
Users who want to find out whether or not their version of Flash can be installed can visit the Adobe's website in order to locate their version number. Users can look into further download instructions at the Apple website.
In February, Adobe rushed to fix the security issues within the software after maker Kaspersky Lab identified the critical compromise to the product. The bug allowed hackers to create “back doors” and take over PCs that ran on Microsoft Windows operating systems or Apple's Mac OS X.
In the fall of 2012, an update for Lion, as well as Mountain Lion, removed Apple's very own applet plugin for Java from every browser.
More recently, Apple globed Java from all Macs due to the vulnerabilities, once directed to do so by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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