Adobe Flash Player isn’t exactly known for being the most secure program on earth. In fact, it has gained quite a reputation for being one of the most unsafe clients since its structure makes it easy for hackers to exploit vulnerabilities and put users at risk. Adobe, thankfully, is doing its best to fix this problem and keep users safe by regularly releasing security patches.
The first security patch for 2017 was released just a few days ago. Identified as APSB17-02, the update fixes 13 vulnerabilities that have been classified as “critical” and can give hackers the ability to take control of users’ systems. One of these vulnerabilities allow the bypassing of security measures and can lead to the disclosure of users’ sensitive information. The other twelve, on the other hand, are memory corruption, heap buffer overflow, and use-after-free vulnerabilities that can facilitate remote code execution.
These vulnerabilities affect version 22.214.171.124 as well as earlier versions of Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime, Flash Player for Google Chrome, and Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11. All four major platforms — Windows, Linux, Mac, and Chrome OS — can be affected by these security risks.
To find out what version they have and know if their systems are at risk, users can go to adobe.com/products/flash/about/. Alternatively, they can right-click on any content that’s running on Flash and choose “About Adobe Flash Player” or “About Macromedia Flash Player”. If users confirm that they indeed have version 126.96.36.199 or earlier of Flash Player, Adobe advises that they update to version 188.8.131.52 as soon as possible. This way, they’ll receive the security patches for the vulnerabilities listed above and protect their systems and their private information.
Google Chrome on Chrome OS as well as Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 will automatically update Adobe Flash Player, so users don’t need to do anything else. Those who are using Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime on their Windows, Mac, or Linux computer can get version 184.108.40.206 by going to get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. If they have enabled the “Allow Adobe to install update” option, they don’t need to do anything since the program will automatically update itself. However, it’s important to note that Flash Player’s automatic updating feature isn’t always on time, so users will want to opt to manually download and install the latest version.
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