Zero-day attack

Google fixes Flash's security issues ahead of Adobe

March 21, 2011: 12:59 PM ET

Google's record on Chrome browser security is impressive, and that is important.

Google (GOOG) today fixed the recent Adobe (ADBE) Flash Zero-day exploit in which a devious hacker could embed a malicious Flash file in an Excel document and if opened could compromise Windows-based computers.  Microsoft says that Office 2010 users aren't vulnerable.  Apple's (AAPL) Macintosh users  are not vulnerable to this particular attack either, though others could be developed using this vulnerability.

Adobe's Flash detractors certainly have a good argument against using the software if an exploit exists in the wild and Google has the only current fix.

But it also shows that Google's browser security model works well.  Google controls the version of Flash in Chrome and controls updates to the software.  In this case, it has pushed and updated before Adobe has.


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