Adobe Flash update fixes unresponsive settings in OS X Lion

Adobe has released an update to Flash that in addition to fixing critical security flaws, addresses unresponsive Flash settings for Lion users.

Adobe Flash contains a number of settings for managing hardware such as Web cams and microphones in addition to how Flash stores temporary content on your system. These settings are accessible by right-clicking the Flash content window; however, if you have upgraded your Mac to OS X 10.7 Lion, you may have noticed that these settings seem to be unresponsive and clicking them does nothing, and the only way to navigate the settings is to press the Tab button to select elements, followed by the space bar to activate them.

Adobe Flash Player settings
If you right-click in a loaded Adobe Flash page element and select the "Settings" option, this window will pop up; however, in OS X Lion you can't make any changes by using the mouse, and the window will remain open, obscuring the Flash content.

Adobe today has released an update for Flash player, which specifically addresses this issue in OS X, among also closing 13 security holes where buffer overflows and memory corruption in the handling of media could result in arbitrary code execution. As a result, we recommend that you download and install this latest update for Flash player, especially if you have upgraded your system to OS X Lion.

The latest version of Flash player can be downloaded from Adobe's Flash Player Download site. The update brings the latest release to version 10.3.183.5, and is 6.08MB. Flash player is Intel-only, and should install and run on any Intel-based Mac system (see Adobe's system requirements for full details). If you are experiencing odd behavior with Flash (either before or after this update), then you might consider fully uninstalling the plug-in using Adobe's Flash uninstaller tool before downloading and running the latest installer.

In addition to the Flash update, Adobe has issued updates for Adobe Air and Shockwave Player to tackle similar security issues as were found in Flash player.



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