Adobe fixes critical Flash Player flaws

And it will drop support for PowerPC G3 Macs next year.

By , Computerworld |  Security, Flash player

The update to Flash Player 10.0.42.34 fixed data injection and integer overflow vulnerabilities, patched a pair of memory corruption bugs, plugged a hole in JPEG image parsing and resolved "multiple crash vulnerabilities," the company's advisory said.

It also addressed a bug in the Flash Player ActiveX control for IE that could be used to pilfer information, said Adobe, which credited a Microsoft researcher with reporting the problem. Microsoft and Adobe have been collaborating on security issues for months, part of the former's long-term plan to beef up the security of the Windows ecosystem by helping major third-party developers, such as Adobe, find and fix flaws.

The paucity of information included in Adobe's advisory, however, rankled at least one security expert. "Overall their security advisories are on par with Apple's," said Andrew Storms, the director of security operations at nCircle Network Security. "Well actually, I might have to give Apple a few notches up over Adobe," he added, referring to Apple's reputation for terse descriptions of the vulnerabilities it patches in Mac OS X.

Adobe also had some problems getting out the update yesterday, the day it had promised last week it would deliver the Flash Player patches. "The flash player bulletin will be up soon. The team is working through a few final checks," said Brad Arkin, Adobe's director for product security and privacy, on Twitter late Tuesday . Adobe released the update around 4:30 p.m. PT.

Flash Player 10.0.42.34 for Windows, Mac and Linux can be downloaded from Adobe's Web site . Alternately, users can use Flash's built-in automatic update mechanism to grab the new versions.

Also on Tuesday, Adobe announced plans to drop Flash Player security support next year for Mac owners whose machines run PowerPC G3 processors. "Adobe will be discontinuing support of PowerPC-based G3 computers and will no longer provide security updates after the Flash Player 10.1 release," said Adobe in the same advisory that spelled out the seven patches. "This unavailability is due to performance enhancements that cannot be supported on the older PowerPC architecture."

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