Security Updates to Google Chrome

March 24, 2011

Google has released another new version, 10.0.648.204, of its Chrome Web browser, for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, and Chrome Frame.  This version fixes six serious security vulnerabilities.  It also includes support for the password manager on Linux, as well as miscellaneous performance and stability fixes.  More information is in the Release Announcement on the official Chrome Releases blog.

I recommend installing this update as soon as you conveniently can. Windows users can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism (Help / About Google Chrome). Linux users should be able to get the new version using standard package update tools (e.g., apt-get, synaptic).


Security Update for Adobe Flash

March 24, 2011

Last week, Adobe issued a Security Advisory about a new critical vulnerability in its Flash Player; Adobe’s AIR product is also affected.   The company has now, as promised released a new version of the player, 10.2.153.1, for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris systems that incorporates a fix for the vulnerability.  A new version of AIR, 2.6, has also been released.  The complete list of affected software versions, according to Adobe, is:

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2.152.33 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2.154.18 and earlier for Chrome users
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1.106.16 and earlier for Android
  • Adobe AIR 2.5.1 and earlier for Windows, Macintosh and Linux

More details are available in th updated Security Bulletin [APSB 11-05].

Updated versions of Flash Player can be downloaded from the Adobe download page.  Windows users can, alternatively, use th update mechanism built into the package.  Windows users should also note that they may need two updates: one for Internet Explorer, and one for all other borwsers.  The Google Chrome browser comes with the Flash Player included; Chrome users should be sure that they have at least version 10.0.648.134.   (Google released this version, and the later 10.0.648.151, last week.)   Android users can get the new version from the Android Marketplace.

Users of the AIR package can download the new version here.

Because of its security content, I recommend that you install this update as soon as you conveniently can.


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