It seems that Adobe System has released a new series of security updates for the Flash Player, Adobe Acrobat and Reader applications, which are fixing critical vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to install malware on computers and gain full control of them.
The new Adobe Flash Player Update has fixed 13 vulnerabilities and 12 of them could lead to remote code execution and allow hackers to bypass a security restriction and gain access to information. However, Adobe claims that it is not aware of any exploit that has been used to hack any of the 12 vulnerabilities. So, we suggest you to update the Flash Player to version 188.8.131.52 right away if you are using a computer that runs on Windows, Linux or Mac OS.
We should mention that the Flash Player plug-in that’s bundled with the Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome will be automatically updated via the browser’s update mechanisms.
The new update that has been released for Adobe Acrobat and Reader fixes 29 vulnerabilities and 28 of them could lead to remote code execution. Likewise the Adobe Flash Player flaws, Adobe is not aware of any exploit that has been used to gain access to computer via the 28 mentioned vulnerabilities.
Adobe is asking users to upgrade Acrobat and Reader to version 15.006.30279 if they are using the “classic” release track or to 15.023.20053 if they are using “continuous” release track. If you are still using the older Acrobat XI and Reader XI, you should upgrade it to version 11.0.19.
While the Acrobat and Reader will still be used for a good amount of time, we can’t say the same for the Flash Player. It seems that big companies have already ditched the Flash Player for HTML5 and it is just a matter of time until Adobe’s application will completely die.