Apple gives Mac users vulnerable Flash Player plugin

By Ryan Naraine | June 16, 2010, 8:08am PDT

The Adobe Flash Player plugin that was included in yesterday’s Mac OS X software update contains multiple vulnerabilities that expose users to malicious hacker attacks.

Apple shipped a new Flash Player plugin (10.0.45.2) in the Mac OS X patch bundle but that version became outdated on June 10th when Adobe shipped Flash Player 10.1.53.64.

The Flash Player 10.0.45.2 software contains 32 vulnerabilities, most rated “critical.” At least one of those flaws has been exploited on the Windows platform.

Apple’s outdated Flash Player plugin problem was flagged publicly by Adobe’s Wendy Poland:

Earlier today, Apple released security update 2010-004 / Mac OS X v10.6.4. This update includes an earlier version of Adobe Flash Player (version 10.0.45.2) than available from Adobe.com. While the Mac OS X v10.6.4 update does not appear to downgrade users who have already upgraded to Adobe Flash Player 10.1, Adobe recommends users verify they are using the latest, most secure version of Flash Player (10.1.53.64) available for download from http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer.

To verify the Adobe Flash Player version number installed on your system (after applying the Mac OS X security update), Mac users can go to the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select “About Adobe Flash Player” from the menu.

If you use multiple browsers, Poland recommends you perform the check for each browser you have installed on your system.

Read more at ZDnet.com

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WORLIZE ANNOUNCES PRIVATE BETA AND INITIAL FUNDING FOR SOCIAL GAMING PLATFORM

June 16, 2010 – E3, Los Angeles, CA. – Worlize, Inc. today announced the private beta launch of the first user-created social gaming and chat platform for Facebook and social networks including Twitter, MySpace and OpenSocial. The much anticipated new 2D platform, slated for launch in Fall 2010, brings together a new world of interactivity for users, including the ability to play and create their own areas and games. The company has also secured initial funding from private individuals across the gaming and technology spectrum, with investors including Worlize’s newly named CFO, Greg Diller.

Within Worlize, beginners have point-and-click access to customizable plug-and-play games, including puzzles, time management and strategy casual games, card and board games, as well as MMORPGs. For advanced users and game developers the company will release the Worlize API in late Summer 2010 to allow the creation of highly interactive areas and games within the platform. The Worlize Platform is currently in Private Beta. To request a beta invite please log-on tohttp://www.worlize.com.

“We feel users are tired of the restrictive and formulaic approach that social and gaming platforms have adopted. As with web pages or blogs, it is time users have the ability to define their casual gaming and social experiences,” commented CEO and Founder, Brian McKelvey. “Worlize breaks down the walls currently in place, redefining and enhancing online social experiences for users.”

Full Article Here(Worlize.com)

Special thanks to Rufus for the headsup on this!

Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster

The iPhone 4’s first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster. AT&T’s online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple’s online upgrades are down, andstores are now using pen and paper to process sales.

Major update: Exclusive: iPhone 4 order security breach exposes private information.

The photo of the line above was taken in NYC, but it has been happening all over the country. It is not even to pick up the phone itself, but to pre-order it. People are giving their credit card information to be put on a list to have a place in another line on June 24, when the iPhone 4 actually goes on sale.

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