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Adobe Flash Player probably has more bugs than features, which is why it has become a security problem for a lot of people. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Google no longer wants to have anything to do with it.

But Adobe continues to release updates and security patch, as the player remains a widely used tool. The latest Adobe Flash player update is version 21.0.0.242. Similar to its other monthly security patches, the update was designed to fix security issues.

Last April, Adobe released a patched that fix a zero-day vulnerability that paved the way for the Cerber and Locky ransomware families. The former not only encrypts files, but also any data found in unmapped Windows shares. If, in the configuration files, the networking setting is assigned to 1, it will encrypt any network shares in your network that are accessible. Locky, on the other hand, is reportedly the culprit for the attack on a Hollywood hospital with the ransom set at £2.4 million.



And just a few days before it released version 21.0.0.242, Adobe also addressed security issues in ColdFusion and security bugs in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

What’s new with the latest release of the Adobe Flash player update?

It patched critical security and functional bug issues, including the zero-day exploit (CVE-2016-4117) that was discovered by Genwei Jiang, a security researcher from FireEye. It also fixed 24 other security issues.

The company also incremented the Extended Support Release (ESR) from version 13 to version 18 with the latest update. ESR is used by organizations that prefer the stability of a Flash Player over new functionality.

Adobe recommends that all customers upgrade to the latest version. Users who are currently using Flash Player 18 and are enrolled in the Allow Adobe to Install Updates will automatically receive the latest version. But those who enrolled in Notify Me to Install Updates update mechanism will receive a notification update 7 days from the release of the new Adobe Flash player v21.0.0.242.

Those using Windows 8.x Internet Explorer or Google Chrome will receive the update through their respective update methods.

It is important to note that Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.242 is only for Windows and Mac. No update for Android users yet. Linux distros users, on the other hand, can update to Flash Player 11.2.202.621.

The latest security patch is available at https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer.

Failure to update to the latest version will leave you vulnerable to attacks, such as Trojan and ransomware. Then again, no one is really safe since hackers have made a weapon out of Adobe Flash Player exploits.

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