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Adobe offered a new security update for its Flash Player on Oct. 11, which addressed a major security flaw that would enable hackers to control an affected system. The update was deemed critical and is for users of Windows, Mac, Chrome OS and Linux.

Here are the affected products and their versions:

  • Version 23.0.0.162 and prior for Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome
  • Version 18.0.0.375 and prior for Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release
  • Version 23.0.0.162 and prior for Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime
  • Version 11.2.202.635 and prior for Adobe Flash Player for Linux
  • Version 23.0.0.162 and prior for Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge

How Can You Download The Updates For Affected Versions



  • People who use Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime, can either manually download the update by going to the Adobe Flash Player Download Center or use the update mechanism in their product.
  • People who use Adobe Flash Player Extend Supper can go the Archived Flash Player version on the official Adobe website.
  • People who use Flash Player on their Linux device can go to the Adobe Flash Player Download Center.
  • People who use Google Chrome generally don’t need to worry about updates, as the browser will automatically apply updates.
  • People who use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edges on their 8.1 and Windows 10 computers will automatically have their Flash Player updated.

How To Know If Updates Have Been Applied

It’s crucial that you find out of the update was successful, which can be done one of two ways:

  • Go to the About Flash page
  • Right-click on Flash Player content and hit the “About Adobe” on the menu

If you have several browsers on your system (and most folks do), be sure they’re all updated to the latest version.

More websites have adopted the HTML5 format to offer content to their traffic. And, it’s for that reason, people have started contemplating forgoing Adobe Flash altogether. Before you do this, it’s important to note that many websites still use Flash for their material. If you want to view their content, make sure your Flash Player is updated on a regular basis.

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