Google fixes Flash exploit in Chrome

Google knows that there is a critical Adobe Flash Player bug in their Chrome browser that is no doubt being taken advantage of, but has already released a fix for it.

Google has fixed a critical Adobe Flash Player bug that is being exploited in the wild - but only for its own Chrome browser. Users of Flash Player in other browsers will have to wait for Adobe's official patch, which will require testing against around 60 platforms and configurations.

That might just lead many to ask the question as to why Google has more clout with Adobe? Well, the answer lies in an ongoing collaboration with Adobe that definitely offers Google early access to new builds of Flash.

Older versions of Windows using Chrome will be safe only if they don't have Flash Player for Internet Explorer installed, and view Flash only through Chrome, according to an Adobe spokeswoman. Adobe says the bug is "critical" and hopes to release a fix this week.