Many people know how problematic the Flash Player software is. After all, it’s got a copious amount of vulnerabilities in the code that hackers just love to exploit. And, even though Adobe Systems tries hard to repair the issues, it’s a never-ending cycle. There have been numerous updates to patch the repairs, and still, hackers manage to find cracks in the armor.
Flash developers were made aware that CVE-2016-7855 exploit could let hackers gain remote access to a computer that uses Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 for the operating system. Adobe has released an emergency patch, urging people to install it right away.
The most dangerous exploit is the zero-day exploit and even thought the CVE-2016-7855 flaw isn’t a zero-day exploit, it was put on that level of dangerousness. It’s why people are urged to download the update to thwart these attacks.
Now, Adobe hasn’t provided details about the vulnerability or how hackers are getting access to the computers. The company did, however, provide a list of Flash Player versions that are subjected to the flaw. They include:
- Google Chrome in Windows, Linux, Macintosh and ChromeOS for version 18.104.22.168 and earlier Flash Player
- Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 for version 22.214.171.124 and earlier Flash Player
- Linux version 126.96.36.1997 and earlier Flash Player
If you’re not sure what version of Flash Player is on your computer, hit “Check Now” at the official “Help” website. If you’re using Google Chrome, rest easy, as your Flash Player is always updated.
The latest Windows and Mac version is 188.8.131.52; Linux users need to install the version 184.108.40.2063.
How To Disable Your Flash Player In Chrome, Safari and Firefox Browsers
And, if you’re tired of using Flash Player, you can either uninstall it or disable it by doing the following:
For Google Chrome
- Go to Plugins at chrome://plugins. Find the plugin for Adobe Flash Player and hit “Disable.”
- Hit the three horizontal lines, denoting the main menu and choose “Add-ons.” At the left-hand side, you’ll see Plugins. Click on it and hit “Shockwave Flash, Never Activate.”
- Choose Preferences in the Menu Bar and hit “Security,” “Internet Plugins,” “Website Settings.” Then hit “Flash Player” and the “Block” options for “When Visiting Other Websites.”
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