Despite it being considered a liability, the Adobe Flash Player remains a popular application to stream online video content. There are calls to switch to HTML5, but many website owners still use Flash, while finding ways to achieve a seamless transition. Others simply ignore possible implications, considering that updates usually fix the problem.

Speaking of which, Adobe Flash player has rolled out another update to fix up to 30 critical vulnerabilities. Version 23.0.0.162 is for Windows and Mac, while version 11.2.202.635 is for Linux.

What the latest update fixed

CVE-2016-4287

This vulnerability causes an integer overflow that can result in code execution.

CVE-2016-4272

This is one of the use-after-free vulnerabilities that can lead to code execution. It’s in good, or bad, company with 10 other vulnerabilities:

  1. CVE-2016-4279
  2. CVE-2016-6921
  3. CVE-2016-6923
  4. CVE-2016-6925
  5. CVE-2016-6926
  6. CVE-2016-6927
  7. CVE-2016-6929
  8. CVE-2016-6930
  9. CVE-2016-6931
  10. CVE-2016-6932

CVE-2016-4271



This vulnerability, along with CVE-2016-4277 and CVE-2016-4278, is probably the most critical, as it bypasses security resulting in information being disclosed.

CVE-2016-4274

This vulnerability, along with 10 others, corrupts memories that lead to code execution.

It is critical that users update to the latest version to minimize the risk of cyberattacks. But they must update only from the office website of Adobe Flash Player. Avoid downloading and installing anything when prompted, while visiting a website. If the website says you need to get or update your browser’s Flash Player, go to Adobe and download from there.

Are you using Flash Player on mobile? You should get version 4.5.2 Adobe Digital Editions for Android and iOS, as this will fix 8 vulnerabilities that can lead to remote code execution. There is also a version available for Windows and Mac.

Adobe Flash Player update matters. Failure to upgrade Flash could result in bigger problems. Nobody wants that. Not even you.

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