It's been a few years since I noticed the same, never complained.
Every time the "updates" window opens, it CRASHES my dreamweaver (CS4), and sometimes PS.
Before I used to run them, hoping they stop dreamweaver from crashing, but not anymore.
I use to have my MacBook Pro on for several days, leaving all the aps open, so it looks like the update "wants" to pop-up and has been waiting for days until it does, crashing DW.
Is that a subtle way to "encourage" me to vaccinate? cof Update?
The Adobe Updater is crashing your system? That doesn't sound right at all. I think you need to de-activate the suite ( Help -> De-Activate ), then run the Cleaner ( http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html ) and then re-install the suite. Be sure to backup anything you might need or extras you downloaded because the Cleaner removes everything that is in the Adobe related folders from all CS applications.
Also, what OS version?
Do you receive any specific message/error from the crash?
How far do you get in the updating process before it crashes?
Have you tried installing the patches manually from the Adobe website?