In what seems to be common news these days, Adobe has issued an emergency update for its Flash media player. It patches nearly two dozen (18 is the current count) critical vulnerabilities, one of which is already being exploited. These emergency updates apply to users of Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Adobe Emergency Patch for Flash Player
Adobe released a security advisory on Thursday which states the following:
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2016-1010 is being used in limited, targeted attacks.
If you’re running Windows or Mac, you should be running version 22.214.171.124 and for Linux version 126.96.36.1997, and the extended support Flash Player release is updated to 188.8.131.52.
For Flash Player extensions in Chrome, IE, and Microsoft Edge – the browser’s will update automatically, but it would be wise to check for updates manually.
For Windows 10 users, head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and grab KB3144756. For other versions of Windows, including Windows 7, 8.1, and Server editions, head to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-306 and install it manually.
Protect Your Computer from Flash Vulnerabilities
Of course, the best option is to uninstall Flash from your system completely and see if you can live without it. Unfortunately, that’s just not realistic for millions of users. A lot of websites and online websites still use Flash in lieu of the more secure HTML5 codebase. (more than you would think).
There are ways to help protect yourself against Flash vulnerabilities that go beyond making sure it’s always up-to-date. For more tips on ways to minimize your risk when using Adobe Flash on your Mac or PC, check out our articles linked below.
- Protect Your Computer from Adobe Flash Exploits in Your Browser
- How to Protect Your Mac Against Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities