Just a few weeks after Adobe released the emergency patch version 126.96.36.199 to fix the CVE-2016-7855 vulnerability of the Flash Player, the company had to release another one to fix 9 remote code execution flaws. It seems to be a never-ending cycle for Adobe.
Version 188.8.131.52 is designed to fix vulnerabilities for affected versions of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime, Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome, Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11, and Adobe Flash Player for Linux, which is 184.108.40.206 and earlier. It will also patch flaws in 220.127.116.113 and earlier versions of the Adobe Flash Player for Linux.
The new version can be downloaded directly from the Flash Player Download Center. But if automatic update is set, you may only need to check the version installed to ensure that your computer has already received the recent update.
Since Flash Player is bundled with Google’s and Microsoft’s browsers, the patch will be delivered through their own distribution channels. If automatic update doesn’t happen, you can download the latest version from Google Chrome Releases and the Microsoft Security Advisory, depending on which browser you’re using.
Download and Install Adobe Flash Player Manually
- Visit Adobe Flash Player download page.
- Uncheck other add-ons, such as MacAfee Antivirus, and then click Download.
- Provide a file path when prompted as to where the executable file will be saved.
- Once download is complete, follow the on-screen installation instructions provided.
After installation is completed, make sure to verify that you have the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.
As much as it seems you update the Flash Player more frequently than any other applications you have on your computer, you should do it anyway. There are very good reasons that Adobe Flash Player updates matter, and the foremost of which is protection against targeted attacks. Nobody wants any of that. None at all.