Adobe Updates Flash Player

December 8, 2009

As expected, Adobe has issued a new version of its Flash Player, version, to address several potentially Critical security vulnerabilities.  Details concerning the update, which also affects Adobe AIR, are in the Adobe Security Bulletin (APSB09-19).   Updated versions of the player, for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris platforms, can be downloaded here.

The Flash player is one of the most commonly installed pieces of software on user computers.  Because it is so common, and because it is installed across multiple platforms, it is a very attractive target for the Bad Guys.  I strongly recommend updating your systems as soon as you conveniently can.

Chrome Extensions Available

December 8, 2009

As I mentioned in a post yesterday, the general expectation was that Google would start to make extensions for its Chrome browser available sometime this week.  It didn’t take long; Google now has a “beta” extensions page available, and there are a couple of hundred extensions available already.  Extensions are available for the beta builds of Linux (just released) and Windows, and for the developer builds for Mac.  As always, caution and careful testing is appropriate, especially given their beta status, before using them in critical situations or applications.

I plan to have a look through the catalog, and will post a note here if I find anything really outstanding (in either direction).

Update Wednesday, December 9, 11:00

The Official Google Blog has an article that discusses the availability of extensions, as well as the beta release of Chrome for Linux and Mac.

Microsoft Security Updates, December 2009

December 8, 2009

As expected, Microsoft today released six security bulletins to resolve a number of vulnerabilities for Windows and Microsoft Office components. All supported versions of Windows, except for Windows Server 2008 Release 2, are affected by at least one Critical vulnerability.  Microsoft Office components (specifically Project, Word, and MS Works) are also affected.  These updates should be available via the usual Windows Update mechanism. Complete information is in the Security Bulletin Summary; it also includes download links.

According to Microsoft, the Windows patches will definitely require a system reboot, and the Office patches may require one. I recommend that you install these, especially the Windows patches, as soon as possible.

Update Tuesday, December 8, 22:41

As they normally do, the good folks at the SANS Institute have published their summary of this month’s security bulletins, with their own severity evaluations.

Update Tuesday, December 8, 23:55

Brian Krebs at the Washington Post has an article on the Microsoft and Adobe updates posted at his “Security Fix” blog.

Google Releases Chrome Betas for Mac, Linux

December 8, 2009

According to an announcement at the site, Google has now released a beta version of its Chrome browser for Mac OS X:

As anticipated, Google has finally released an official beta version of its Chrome browser for Mac. The initial beta version, termed Build, requires Mac OS X Leopard or Snow Leopard, and is only compatible with Intel-based Macs.

As with Linux, there have been development builds of the Mac version available since earlier this year, but this is the first version that Google has decided is stable enough to be promoted to a beta release.  You can download it here.

Google has also released a beta version of Chrome for Linux.  It is available here in Debian package (.deb) format for Debian or Ubuntu, or in RPM package (.rpm) format for Fedora or OpenSUSE.   Both 32- and 64-bit versions are available.

The version of Chrome offered to you by the download page (linked above) is determined by the “UserAgent” string sent by your browser.  You can use the following links for specific versions:

  • Mac OS X (Leopard or Snow Leopard)
  • Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, or OpenSUSE)
  • Windows (stable release)
Update Tuesday, December 8, 22:40

The “Web Monkey” blog at Wired has an article about the release of the Mac and Linux beta versions.

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