On November 8, Adobe released a patch addressing nine code execution vulnerabilities concerning its Flash Player on Chrome OS, Windows, Linux, and yes, Mac. In particular, the version affected for desktop runtime Flash and those on Chrome browsers is version 220.127.116.11. The nine code execution flaws included three that fixed type confusion and six that patched use-after-free vulnerabilities.
This particular security patch will bump up the version on your Mac to 18.104.22.168 – this is for both the desktop runtime version as well as the one on Google Chrome. If you own a Mac and have a desktop runtime version of Flash, you can update to the latest version through the update mechanism or you can head to the Download Center. If you run a Chrome on Mac, Flash will automatically be updated with the new version of Chrome.
Adobe constantly releasing patch updates isn’t rare – other software makers do this as well. However, Adobe has been doing this for their Flash Player as well as other products quite frequently as of late. Before this patch release, the last update was released on October 26 and that was to address a zer0-day vulnerability exposed by the security team at Google.
With Flash seemingly always being at the end of security mishaps, many users have wondered whether it’s still safe enabling it on their computers. There is more than enough reason for them to do so: HTML 5 has proved quite capable – and looks a lot safer – of filing the shoes of Flash. However, there are still certain sites that rely on Flash Player to deliver content, and if that happens to be your favorite space on the net then you do have to turn on Flash.
If you need to enable Flash on Mac, here’s a guide on how to do it using Safari.
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