Does Chrome OS Have Security Flaws From An Outdated Flash Version?

Google’s intentions, and part of their pitch, it that Chrome OS is inherently secure since it lives in the cloud. Don’t worry about patches and upgrades: Chrome OS keeps everything up to date for you, ensuring the highest level of security.

Maybe not. A Kaspersky Labs expert has reported a finding that Chrome OS runs on an outdated version of Adobe Flash Player. If Adobe Flash Player has security risks, flaws, and holes – which it often does – then Chrome OS users, too, are left exposed.

Ina Fried from AllThingsD reported on the potential issue, citing a Google employee who claims additional measures have been taken to account for these unique situations.

Regardless of this particular situation, it certainly calls into question the bulletproof security of Chrome OS. Are we a bit more vulnerable than we initially cared to believe? So far so good… hopefully Google is keeping an eagle close eye on this.

  • Alvin B.

    Seriously, Adobe must be on the take from these scam artists. Flash has always been the most security challenged, short bus-riding program of them all. And to this very day, they still won’t clean up their act.

    ChromeOS should implement a built-in form of flash block and enforce it as on by default for all pages, allowing the user to opt and and allow flash content only after typing “I UNDERSTAND THAT ENABLING FLASH CONTENT ON ANY WEBSITE COULD AND PROBABLY WILL LEAD TO ALL MY BANKING INFORMATION BEING SOLD TO RUSSIAN HACKERS AND THIS IS WHAT I REALLY WANT” into a box and clicking 3 agreement boxes.