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Securing Flash Player for our Mac users

November 13th, 2012

Adobe Flash Player is a very widely used browser plug-in used to watch videos, play games and consume content on the web. Unfortunately, it’s also commonly used as a vector for malware, which tries to monitor your activities, steal information, or otherwise wreak havoc on your computer.

Since 2010, we’ve been working with Adobe to improve the security of Flash Player. As of last week’s Stable release, Chrome’s built-in Flash Player on Mac uses a new plug-in architecture which runs Flash inside a sandbox that’s as strong as Chrome’s native sandbox, and much more robust than anything else available.

With this release, Flash Player is now fully sandboxed in Chrome on all of our desktop platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. Ultimately, this means a safer experience for you as you browse the web. We take the security of Chrome extremely seriously, so we’re excited to be delivering these enhanced protections, and we’ve enjoyed collaborating with Adobe on this effort.

Posted by Scott Hess, Software Engineer and Mac Malware Mitigator