Mac Security: Flash Player 12 Mac, Java 7 Mac: Scores of Patches
Things have been fairly quiet on the Mac security front, though we’re always a single exploit, a single missed patch away from trouble. That said, Flash 12 Mac and Java 7 Mac updates are available — if you haven’t installed one or both, now’s a very good time to keep your Mac safe and fresh.
• Flash Player 12 Mac (download)
— XPS Printing produces blank documents
— Extra characters render when pressing the shortcuts CMD+C, CMD+X, CMD+A, and CMD+V in Stage Web View.
— edit control does not handle IVS characters or surrogate pairs such as emoticons correctly
— flash.media.scanHardware() does not work on NPAPI Flash Player
— PlayTo stops in the middle when network connection is not stable
— unable to upload multiple images in file-browse dialog
— some menu controls are not refreshing when clicking controls and inputting text
— Fullscreen (with sourceRect) doesn’t work correctly in Pepper version
— on some graphics cards, Stage3d works in software mode, instead of GPU
— Audio continues to be heard when video is fast forwarded after a rewind operation
— wrong value is momentarily returned after trickPlay is ended using a pause
— See release notes for full list of changes
• Java 7 Mac Update 51 (download)
— Due to the threat posed by a successful attack, Oracle strongly recommends that customers apply CPU fixes as soon as possible. This Critical Patch Update contains 144 new security fixes across the product families listed [via the link above].
Not important as it used to be unless, of course, Java 7 Mac is something you need. Though still nearly ubiquitous, Flash Player Mac has also been updated and both of these releases are mostly security focussed and users are urged to install them ASAP — Mac security exploits are being exploited in the wild.