updated 08:55 pm EST, Tue November 13, 2012
Google cites Flash as vector for malware
Google announced today a new, more secure version of Flash Player for the Mac version of its Chrome Internet browser. The update brings increased protection against malware, which Google noted in its announcement of the update is a major vulnerability with Flash. The search giant has been working with Adobe since 2010 to improve the security of Flash Player, and the new version relies on a new plug-in architecture aimed at making the feature more secure.
Google notes that today's update sets Flash to run inside a sandbox it says is as strong as Chrome's native sandbox. The new Flash sandbox is also said to be more robust than any other existing options.
The update means that Flash Player is fully sandboxed on each of the desktop platforms on which Chrome runs, including Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS.