We are lenient when it comes to software updates. We think they are a nuisance as they do tend to disrupt whatever it is we are doing. Some updates – if triggered – require you to restart your computer and as such, halt whatever momentum you had with whatever it is you were working on. That said, there are updates that are crucial and can’t be ignored. This is clearly implied with the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.
Flash Player version 188.8.131.52 was rolled out on November 8, just two weeks after Adobe released another critical security patch fixing a zero-day vulnerability. The Security Bulletin Adobe released with it stated that this was a “critical” update that patched up nine code execution flaws that could allow attackers to gain control of a system without the fix. The nine flaws comprised of three type confusion vulnerabilities and six use-after-free vulnerabilities.
So yes, your system can be the victim of an attack if you do not act now. Security issues are not minor things that can be brushed off and attended to later. They must be addressed as soon as possible. How many times in this year alone have we read about threats on the internet? It’s a scary place to be in, but we also can’t deny that it has become a necessity in this day and age.
For your own safety, make sure your Flash Player is updated to the latest version. The last thing you want to do is fall victim because you missed an update. Updating doesn’t even require that much effort: simply use the update mechanism on the product or go to the Adobe Flash Download Center.
The arrival of HTML5 has signaled the demise of Flash, but it’s still here partly because there’s still a large enough user base for it. While it may be laden with flaws, users can do their part by keeping their version up to date.