The problems with Adobe Flash Player seem to have taken a turn for the worse. It appears that, although it’s one of the most used platforms for streaming video content online, it continues to be riddled with vulnerabilities and has to be updated as often as possible.
Given its wide usage you’d assume by now that most of the issues concerning it might have been dealt with. Well, things are not that easy and the most recent patch for Adobe Flash Player, Player Extended Support Release and the Flash Player for Google Chrome will take care of no less than 84 vulnerabilities!
These vulnerabilities were discovered on the MacOS Sierra and OS X versions of Adobe Flash Player. However, according to MacRumors, the new patch will come with the same fixes for the Windows and Linux versions of the Flash Player (just in case).
They were mainly discovered in the company’s offerings for Reader, Acrobat and Flash. The Flash player had about 12 remote code execution vulnerabilities that were discovered by Palo Alto Networks, Trend Micro and Tencent.
Naturally, after the flaws were discovered, Adobe was very quick to release a patch that will fix them and is now urging Adobe Flash Player users to download the patch as soon as possible.
As you may have guessed, those vulnerabilities can act as a gateway between your data and a malicious third party that wants to retrieve it and use it. It has happened before and the victim was a high profile user.
But there’s no reason to believe that regular users won’t be targeted as well and that is why you should always upgrade your Adobe Flash Player as often as possible. Sometimes it will happen automatically and those users needn’t worry, but at other times, users will have to download and install the update on their own. Luckily the process is very simple and it’s also advisable that they do not accept other offerings Adobe might throw in along with the upgraded Flash Player.