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Adobe Flash Player is under attack AGAIN: secure your browser now

Adobe Flash Player is under attack AGAIN: secure your browser now

Over the past year alone, Adobe has rolled out more than a dozen updates for this Flash Player app - an app that the late Steve Jobs was very critical about, arguing that HTML5 was by far a much better choice than Adobe's offering.

A new vulnerability has been found in Adobe's Flash Player that allows attackers to remotely execute code after a user has viewed a media file created to target their system. (On Linux, you ought to have version 11.2.202.643; on every other platform, you ought to have version 23.0.0.205.) If you do, you're safe; if not, it will direct you to install the latest version. In turn, this code can install various threats in the PC's system that eventually can grant the hacker full control.

"Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit exists in the wild, and is being used in limited, targeted attacks against users running Windows versions 7, 8.1 and 10", said Adobe in a blog post.

The latest patch follows a similar "critical" security patch that dropped earlier this month, as Adobe worked to fix 12 significant vulnerabilities affecting use-after-free memory flaws.

Adobe says it is aware of attacks now targeting Windows machines (Windows 7 and later) for malware infection.

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Web surfers not sure about what version of Flash Player they are using can check the version number by heading here to allow Adobe's website to scan the locally installed software.

The emergency security update released yesterday aims to fix a single vulnerability designated "CVE-2016-7855".

For Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge browsers, the updates should be applied automatically after a restart. According to Microsoft, over 90 percent of attack pages online in 2015 contained malicious Flash Player objects.

No sooner does Adobe patch one hole in its security, another vulnerability seems to appear.


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