Apple Disables Out of Date Flash with Safari 5.1.7

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Apple released Safari 5.1.7 for Snow Leopard, Lion, and Windows on Tuesday, an update that includes several bug fixes for the browser. For Mac users, it also disables out-of-date installs of Adobe’s Flash that don’t include the latest security patches for the multimedia software.

Safari

Apple’s patch notes:

About Safari 5.1.7

Lion

  • Safari 5.1.7 contains improvements to performance, stability, compatibility, and security, including changes that:
  • Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory
  • Fix an issue that could prevent webpages from responding after using a pinch to zoom gesture
  • Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users
  • Disable versions of Adobe Flash Player that do not include the latest security updates and provide the option to get the current version from Adobe’s website.

Windows

Safari 5.1.7 contains improvements to performance, stability, compatibility, and security, including changes that:

  • Improve the browser’s responsiveness when the system is low on memory
  • Fix an issue that could affect websites using forms to authenticate users

You can download Safari for both Mac and Windows from Apple’s Safari download site. As of this writing, the update was not showing up in Software Update, but should appear there, as well as the Apple Updater utility in Windows at some point.

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1 Comments

xmattingly

“Either download the latest version, or we will shut down your third party plugin”. Does this not strike anyone as waaaaay overreaching? What’s next - is Apple going to force users to run only the latest version of any third party software (which can also only be downloaded from the Mac App Store), or else you can’t run it?

I understand the security concern, but I’m feeling like Apple is starting to treat end users like egg layers in a hen house, rather than the free range chickens that we should be.

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