Update Adobe Flash Immediately to Patch Critical Security Vulnerability

If you have Adobe Flash installed, you’ll want to make sure it’s updated to the latest version as it patches a critical security vulnerability. According to The Register, confidential source code was stolen from Hacking Team and leaked online.

Within the leaked source code, software vulnerabilities used by Hacking Team to break into PCs was discovered. Source code for the vulnerabilities is out in the open which means you should update as soon as possible. You’re at risk if you use the following:

Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 18.0.0.194 and earlier Windows and Macintosh
Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release 13.0.0.296 and earlier Windows and Macintosh
Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 18.0.0.194 and earlier Windows, Macintosh and Linux
Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 18.0.0.194 and earlier Windows 8.0 and 8.1
Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.468 and earlier Linux
AIR Desktop Runtime 18.0.0.144 and earlier Windows and Macintosh
AIR SDK 18.0.0.144 and earlier Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS
AIR SDK & Compiler 18.0.0.144 and earlier Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS

Visit Adobe’s Flash Player download page to determine which version you’re using and upgrade if necessary. In recent months, Adobe has fixed a series of security vulnerabilities in Flash. At this point, it may be safer to uninstall Flash all together.

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  1. Or just uninstall Flash and not worry about it again. Protest against outdated web technology. If a website requires Flash, it is telling the world that it refuses to adapt to modern web technology and I don’t bother with it.

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  2. I run Linux and Firefox. While they are doing a great job fixing security bugs, I just removed flash. I only lost kongregate games but that’s about it.
    It’s probably less than 5 years till Mozilla Shumway is ready for prime time (I will wait till then before installing shumway). Most flash websites (apart from the flash games sites) will have migrated to html5 by then anyway.

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    1. Another aside, seems to be a minor styling issue with links inside of block quotes. :-p

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