We're seeing this as well. I started a discussion on the MacEnterprise ListServ:
I contacted Adobe under our Gold support plan but didn't get a call back. With a few more people reporting it I feel more confident calling back.
jayhash and Pat Willener,
I've submitted a bug to Adobe's bugbase, number 3295751. Vote early and vote often to hopefully raise the visibility of this bug.
Thanks Chris. Could you ask them a few questions for me?
- Is the Mac silent updater intended to function without a user logged in? In theory could I install FP 11.3 on a Mac, restart it (to load the LaunchDaemon), leave it at the login window for a year, log in, and have a current version of FP?
- The Adobe Flash Player 11.3 Administration Guide says the following:
"If background updates are enabled, the task or LaunchDaemon check for an update once every 24 hours. However, if no network or internet connection is available at the time of the check, the check occurs again every hour until a connection is detected. After the next successful check, another check does not occur for 24 hours."
The launch interval in /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.adobe.fpsaud.plist is listed as:
StartIntervals are expressed in seconds, so 3600s / 60 s/m = 60m. In other words, the updater is checking every 60 minutes. Is this intentional? Every 24 hours would be a StartInterval of 86400.
Adobe has evaluated and reproduced this bug and says the following:
> Thank you very much for your report. We already reproduced
> the issue with the latest FP version(11.3.300.268). It is
> appreciated that anyone who encounters this problem give it
> a vote. We will adjust its priority accordingly.
The priority of the bug was decreased from 3 ("High") to 2 ("Medium").
I changed the priority of the bug back to 3. I'm also clarifying the status and will let you know more asap.
As for the behavior, if it's similar to Windows (I'll double check) then yes, this should work without a user logged in. In addition, on Windows the service starts up every hour, but will immediately shut down and will only go out to the net once per day.