Microsoft today released KB3167685 to address an Adobe Flash Player critical vulnerability that was discovered earlier in the week. This patch is critical and applies to Windows 8.1 and higher including Server.
KB3167685 Critical Update
This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player when installed on all supported editions of Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, and Windows 10.
This security update is rated Critical. The update addresses the vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player by updating the affected Adobe Flash libraries contained within Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge. For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3167685.
If you have automatic updates turned on or are running Windows 10, you should get this automatically. However, to make sure you’re on top of the situation, you can download it automatically in the other versions of Windows.
In Windows 10 go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
All Operating Systems Affected
This security flaw affects more than just Windows. It includes Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS, too. Adobe first released a security advisory about this vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player earlier this week.
These flaws will continue to come (probably at a more rapid pace) until Flash officially dies. So, until then, we leave you with the following advice we always do:
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 code base. (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