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17 March 2011, 15:14

Google closes Flash hole faster than Adobe

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Google Chrome In the latest update to the Chrome web browser, version 10.0.648.134, for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and the Chrome Frame plug-in for Internet Explorer, Google has integrated a new version of Adobe's Flash Player. The update no longer contains the hole that was recently made public. In doing so, Google has once again reacted faster than Adobe itself, which says it will be releasing its update for Flash Player at the beginning of next week.

At the moment, Google seems to be in the fast lane in general and not only with version numbers. At the beginning of the week, the vendor was also the first to patch (in Chrome) the flaw in WebKit that was revealed during the Pwn2Own competition.

Google has used Adobe's Flash plug-in as the default in Chrome since version 5.0.375.86. The motivation was to ensure that users always have the latest Flash Player version when they download Chrome. The browser automatically downloads the latest version in the background without requiring any user interaction.

But Google's Flash integration now means, for the first time, that Chrome users are protected faster than users of other browsers. In addition, since the Chrome 10 Flash Player is run within a sandbox on Windows it makes it harder for vulnerabilities to be exploited.

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