Last month, Adobe had to release a patch to fix several security-related problems that were discovered on its Flash Player. The software was updated to version 22.214.171.124 and users are advised to install it immediately, if they don’t want to fall victims to hackers.
Adobe Flash Player is 20 years old, but it’s not as secure as before, because in the past year, developers have slipped vulnerabilities that have been exploited by hackers to gain control of users’ devices, making them vulnerable to hackers, Trojans and ransomware. Many users forget to update Flash Player and when they visit a compromised website, they are exposed to malware being silently downloaded onto their devices and later, they realize that their bank account is empty and that their identity is stolen.
Adobe’s developers are doing their best to patch as many vulnerabilities as possible, but hackers continue to find new ones. They use zero-day vulnerability and Trojan malware and send them to the victims’ devices, through emails containing MS Office documents. When clicking on them, hackers hijack their credentials and leave them without money.
In May, Adobe has promised that it will release a wave of updates and version 126.96.36.199 arrived with fixes for 25 security issues, including the zero-day exploit (CVE-2016-4117) that was discovered by FireEye’s security researcher Genwei Jiang. In order to install Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52, users must first check which version they have installed on their devices by heading to Flash Player Help / Uninstall Flash Player.
Then, they’ll close all running applications and go to get.adobe.com/flashplayer, from where they will download the latest Adobe Flash Player version. They must uncheck any extra toolbars on offer, for example Google Toolbar, and they will click Install Now. The installation process will start and users will follow all steps from the screen. Lastly, they will choose Install Updates Automatically When Available, so they will be always out-to-date with Adobe Flash Player and to be protected against attacks.