The past few releases have been major security fixes and to notify all our users about the change this one went as a Loud release. In a loud release even if you have opted for automatic update you will still receive a notification from Adobe to update to a latest version of Flash Player.
Thank you, we will try to look into your suggestions
...even if you have opted for automatic update you will still receive a notification from Adobe to update to a latest version of Flash Player.
Why notify me to update Flash if it's ALREADY been updated automatically (according to the settings)? That only makes sense if the auto-update mechanism is either broken or if it's not silent (requires user input).
Serendipitously, Better Touch Tool just notified me of an update with a small window. I clicked update, it downloaded the update in ~5 seconds, installed it, and vanished. Not silent, but it certainly didn't send me to their website to download an installer. Better Touch Tool is developed by a single person.
In addition to Piyush's reply, please see the blog post An outline of Flash Runtime installation options.
First, thank you for the information. I don't remember seeing the command line package installation options for OSX in the flash plugin documentation the last time I read it.
Until recently, at work, we used Altiris to manage computers. The linked blog post and the flash player administration guide suggest that Adobe only provides support for Microsoft System Center or Microsoft Systems Management Server. At work, we have been aware of what Adobe offers for System Center for quite some time and will be implementing it once our transition to System Center is complete.
The problem with that information is that it does absolutely nothing to help anyone using a computer that's not managed by an enterprise. It also doesn't help those using Macs in settings where the IT staff either doesn't know how to support OSX properly or refuses to (Which is sadly more common than it should be). The end result is that millions of computers with Flash installed on them are vulnerable to known exploits that have already been fixed in newer versions of Flash. This in turn makes criminal enterprises far more profitable since it increases the number of people vulnerable to their existing attacks which reduces the need to develop new attacks.
This is what I'm concerned about. The more profitable/easy it is to engage in crime, the more people do it. As online crime increases, legitimate profitability decreases and users and enterprises alike have more difficulty with maintaining security.
Clearly Adobe can't fix all of the issues with security, but they can and certainly should make at least one of them (users running insecure flash) less of an issue.