updated 10:35 am EDT, Mon March 21, 2011
Google fixes Flash bug in Chrome before Adobe
A critical bug in Adobe Flash Player that leaves users vulnerable to hacker attacks has been addressed by Google for its Chrome browser. Other browsers won't get a fix until Adobe releases one, however, says UK daily The Guardian. Adobe needs to test its fix on nearly 60 platforms but it should release the update this week. Chrome has a partnership with Adobe that lets them access new builds of Flash early.
The bug puts a malicious Flash file in an Excel document, sends it to specific people and compromises Windows-based computers. Microsoft maintains that users of Office 2010 are protected thanks to a security system called data execution prevention.
Adobe said older Windows systems with Chrome are safe if they don't have Flash Player or Internet Explore installed and view Flash content in Chrome.