3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 18, 2012 11:48 AM by Kurt Lang
Michael Murphy3 Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

I don't understand how or why this scenario is possible:


System Preferences/Other/Flash Player/Advanced/Notify me to install updates (is selected)/Check Now (is then ticked)/Plug-in version 11.4.402.265 is installed.


Everything looks fine. Right?


Then I fire up Firefox 15.0.1 and go to...


Tools/Add-ons/Add-ons Manager/Check to see if your plugins are up to date (ticked) which reveals, much to my surprise:




Potentially vulnerable plugins:


Shockwave Flash 11.4 r402


How can this be? Have I completely lost it?


Any help would be greatly appreciated.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), iMac8,1 - 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo/4 GB
  • Kurt Lang Level 8 Level 8 (35,465 points)

    Shockwave and Flash are two separate plugins. You can get the latest updates for each from Adobe. For the most part, Shockwave is dead. I haven't used it for quite a while now and have yet to run across a web site that requires it.

  • Michael Murphy3 Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)

    Thanks for explaining that, Kurt.


    I'm still gonna call the men in the white coats, however, as it's getting rediculously complicated to (try to) keep one's computer/operating system/browsers/plug-ins/extensions/applications/emails, etc... updated & secure.


    I just want my life back. I know! If I am compliant and always remain calm, I could refill the bird feeders & water the plants!

  • Kurt Lang Level 8 Level 8 (35,465 points)

    Heh! Yes, it's gotten so that Mountain Lion won't even let you install a Flash update unless it's signed from Adobe and the latest version. A sad necessity though when there are tons of web sites that will pop up a message that you need the latest version of Flash to view their site, when what you really end up downloading and installing is a Trojan of some sort.


    Shockwave is actually a bit older than Flash. It was first released in 1995, Flash in 1996. Not sure what the difference between them is since they both seem to be for animated web content.