Adobe Updates Flash, Announces Discontinuation of PowerPC G3 Support

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Adobe announced Thursday an update of the Flash player to version that addresses various and sundry security issues. The company also announced that version 10.1 of the player will be the last to support PowerPC G3-based Macs.

In a note on its Support site, Adobe said, "Adobe will be discontinuing support of PowerPC-based G3 computers and will no longer provide security updates after the Flash Player 10.1 release. This unavailability is due to performance enhancements that cannot be supported on the older PowerPC architecture."

As for today's update, the release notes for the patch say, "Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Flash Player version and earlier. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

Adobe provides a Web page for users to check the version of Flash installed on your system. That link will tell you if Flash is installed, what version number it is, and whether or not it is in debug mode, for those keeping score at home.

You can download the update at Adobe's download site. It is a 5.7MB Universal Binary download.

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It is really disappointing to see how many “critical” security vulnerabilities there are with Flash. It’s about time that Adobe got its act together to clean it up, or else people are going to start cleaning it off. I already disabled it in the browser I use for most “everyday” stuff. I only run one with Flash enabled when I actually need to (not all that often)

Lee Dronick

I only run one with Flash enabled when I actually need to (not all that often)

Same here. I have Click-To-Flash installed and only click on a Flash movie when I really want to see.


I’m just amazed how long old Macs remain viable. I mean it’s newsworthy that G3 support is going away in 2009. That’s what, nearly a decade after they were replaced by the G4. If I remember correctly, on the Intel side was the Pentium II or maybe early P-IIIs. I wonder if Adobe was still supporting them?

Bryan Chaffin

Preach on, Geoduck! That remains a source of amazement for me, too. smile

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