There are security issues that could affect users of Adobe Flash Player. In this regard, Adobe was able to release security updates for this application installed on various operating systems, such as Chrome OS, Linux, Macintosh, and Windows.
The updates will be able to address some critical vulnerabilities that may be able to provide access to an attacker seeking to take control of the system. Adobe will take this action because of the existence of the exploit for CVE-2016-4171 lurking online. This exploit has been used in targeted attacks only. You can refer to the Adobe website https://helpx.adobe.com/content/help/en/security/products/flash-player/apsa16-03.html to know more about this issue.
Thus, it is so important to know the version of Adobe Flash Player that is currently installed on your system. You can do this by following the following options.
- Access the webpage for Adobe Flash Player;
- You can just right-click on the content that is running Flash Player;
- Then, you need to select the option About Adobe Flash Player that you can find from the menu.
You can also use the browsers that you have on your system to verify the version that you have installed. This will help you manage the vulnerability of your system and allow the new version to take over and avoid this from happening sooner or later.
In cases when you can’t update the application to the latest version yet, it is important to know some countermeasures to mitigate the impact of such vulnerabilities. Here are couple of things that you can mimic.
- You may limit the usage of Flash content. You can do this by disabling Flash or you may enable the Click-to-Play features of your browser.
- On the other hand, you can open security tab on the Internet Options in the Internet Explorer app and try to change the level of security to High for the local intranet zone and Internet zone.
Adobe Flash Player might be able to handle flash content really well, but it is also important to know how to fix it, should there be vulnerabilities that threaten the security of users.