Apple ships a known vulnerable version of Flash with Snow Leopard

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The last thing you expect when you upgrade your operating system, is that you will have some of your security silently downgraded.

But that’s precisely what seems to have happened with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, which ignores that you have been keeping Adobe Flash up-to-date and downgrades it to an earlier version, as the following YouTube video shows:

So, lets explain what’s going on here. Imagine you have a Mac. Imagine you have been really diligent about keeping your copy of Adobe Flash up-to-date (Adobe is commonly targeted by the bad guys, and so Adobe has been releasing regular security updates for Flash and PDF…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.