It is known that Flash Player is a problematic software which has many vulnerabilities in its code that can be exploited by hackers, and Adobe Systems is trying its best to fix them, but it seems that the nightmare will never end, no matter how many updates are released for the player. The developers were informed about the exploit for CVE-2016-7855 which could allow attackers to remotely access computers running on Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. Adobe has rushes out emergency patch and advised users to install the latest update as soon as possible.
Zero-day exploits are the most dangerous, but the CVE-2016-7855 flaw is put on the same level, and it’s very important to download the latest update, in order to stop other targeted attacks. Adobe hasn’t given more details about the nature of the vulnerability or how attackers are exploiting it to gain access to computers, but it offered a list of Flash Player versions that have this flaw:
– Flash Player version 188.8.131.52 or earlier for Google Chrome in Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS and for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 10 and 8.1;
– Flash Player for Linux version 184.108.40.2067 and earlier.
If you don’t know what Flash Player version you have installed on your computer (running on any OS), then go to the official Help website and click on “Check Now”. If you use Google Chrome, then you don’t have to worry about installing updates for Adobe’s Flash Player, because it includes this software by default and it is automatically updated.
The latest available version for Windows and Mac is 220.127.116.11, while Linux users will install version 18.104.22.1683. However, if you’re one of the users who had enough of Flash Player and want to uninstall it or turn it off entirely, here’s what you need to do:
– Google Chrome: go to Plugins in chrome://plugins, scroll down until you find the Adobe Flash Player plugin and click “Disable”;
– Firefox: Click on the three horizontal lines representing the main menu and select the “Add-ons” option. In the left panel click on “Plugins”, then select “Shockwave Flash” > “Never Activate”;
– Safari: Select “preferences” from the top Menu Bar, then choose “Security” > “Internet Plug-ins: Website Settings” > Flash Player > “Block” at the option “When visiting other websites.”
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