Along with Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player received new security updates in the early part of January. These security updates aim to address the vulnerabilities of the browser plug-in that expose computer systems to attacks from malicious software instigated by hackers.
These patches were released a month after Google and Microsoft made the confirmation that Edge and Chrome will not be supporting Flash Player soon and will be blocking Flash in Edge and on sites that using HTML5. However, users who are using Flash still have the option to retain it in their system.
The latest updates addresses 13 vulnerabilities and 12 of these are prone to attack code executions. Conversely, the remaining one is capable of not being tracked down and can get pass through security restrictions. The latest version, 188.8.131.52, is a separate package and users are advised to update to this version as soon as possible.
Adobe Flash Player has debuted two decades ago and its vulnerabilities affected its popularity among supporters. However, Adobe Systems is quick to come up with patches to solve the problem.
In line with the updates, it is recommended that Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows, Linux and Mackintosh to update to version 184.108.40.206 from the Download Center. For those users whose Adobe Flash Player installation was concurrent with Google Chrome, updates will be automatic. Same goes with users of Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Meanwhile the updates for Acrobat and Reader include patches for the 29 vulnerabilities discovered in them. These bugs have put the earlier versions of Adobe as well as version 11.0.08 in bad light. But Adobe Systems continue to be on the look-out for security breaches to releases fixes right away. Last year, security update for Adobe Flash Player was also released. With the immediate action taken by the team, Flash users should be smart enough to heed Adobe Systems’ advice to update.
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