Adobe Flash is now in Apple's App Sandbox in Safari for OS X Mavericks

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Adobe Flash is now in Apple's App Sandbox in Safari for OS X Mavericks

Adobe Flash at one time was the standard multimedia plugin for web designers. It was used to embed everything from videos to advertising. However, it has also been the favorite of those who write malicious code and want to find their way into your computer. The years of battling malware exploits is over, on Apple computers that is.

When Apple decided to not allow it to run on iOS devices, people were in an uproar. The all too familiar "Apple is doomed" was heard across the blogosphere. In his famous open letter, Thoughts on Flash, Steve Jobs stated very clearly Apple's take on the reasons for not allowing Flash on their devices. For several years Apple's critics would complain that the iPad, iPhone or iPod could not play Flash videos or Flash games. While this was true, their insuation that the end user was at a disadvantage and missing out on a lot of content on the web, was just not true. Content providers very quickly adapted to the iOS devices by using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to deliver their content. In time, Apple would once again prove to be right in it's long term thinking.

Adobe has just announced that their Flash player will now take advantage of Apple's new App Sandbox feature in that comes with Apple's new operating system OS X Mavericks.

As Apple states on their site,

App sandboxing isolates apps from the critical system components of your Mac, your data, and your other apps. Even if an app is compromised by malicious software, sandboxing automatically blocks it to keep your computer and your information safe.

This is a welcomed change for many in the IT departments that have had a constant battle with effects of Adobe Flash player on their computers.