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Adobe Flash Player is seriously flawed, which spells bad news for a lot of users, considering that it is one of the things that provide stunning media experiences, and brings to browsers console-quality games. But the numbers don’t lie.

In the list of the 10 most popular vulnerabilities in exploit kits released by the security department of Japan’s largest telecom operator NTT Group, Adobe Flash has taken the top spot, which was previously occupied by Java. Some of the vulnerabilities include CVE-2015-0311, CVE-2015-0336, CVE-2015-5122, CVE-2015-3090, and CVE-2015-3113.

To help mitigate the problem, Adobe is doing everything possible to prevent Zero days, which refers to vulnerabilities that hackers are exploiting. On the latest report that CVE-2016-1019 is being exploited on Windows 10 and earlier that has Flash Player version 20.0.0.306 and earlier, Adobe has provided the appropriate solutions.

Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime

21.0.0.197 and earlier

Windows and Macintosh

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.213

Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release

18.0.0.333 and earlier

Windows and Macintosh

Solution: Update to Version 18.0.0.343



Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome

21.0.0.197 and earlier

Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.213

Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11

21.0.0.197 and earlier

Windows 10

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.213

Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11

21.0.0.197 and earlier

Windows 8.1

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.213

Adobe Flash Player for Linux 11.

2.202.577 and earlier

Linux

Solution: Update to Version 11.2.202.616

AIR Desktop Runtime

21.0.0.176 and earlier

Windows and Macintosh

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.198

AIR SDK

21.0.0.176 and earlier

Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.198

AIR SDK & Compiler

21.0.0.176 and earlier

Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS

Solution: Update to Version 21.0.0.198

For more information and instructions on the updates, visit https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb16-10.html.

What can these updates do?

  • Protects against JIT spraying attacks
  • Resolve vulnerabilities due to type confusion
  • Provides a solution to memory corruption vulnerabilities
  • Resolve a stack overflow

In addition to these vulnerabilities, you also need to protect yourself against invalid updates. Now that hackers are particularly good at making fraudulent websites and features look legit, you should be extra careful in clicking an update.

If you can’t access an Adobe security bulletin for the update you are looking for, verify if an update is valid. Check out http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ where information on all the latest version is provided. Look for the update you need on the list, and make comparisons.

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