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Adobe issues emergency Flash patch

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Brian Krebs

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Adobe Flash.

Adobe Flash.

Adobe Systems is urging users of its Flash Player software to upgrade to a newer version released this week.

The company warns that an exploit targeting a previously unknown and critical Flash security vulnerability is current available "in the wild", and that this flaw allows attackers to take complete control over affected computers.

The Flash update brings the media player to version 12.0.0.44 for a majority of users on Windows and Mac OS X.

This link will tell you which version of Flash your browser has installed. IE10/IE11 and Chrome should auto-update their versions of Flash to v. 12.0.0.44.

If your version of Flash on Chrome (on either Windows, Mac or Linux) is not yet updated, you may just need to close and restart the browser. The version of Chrome that includes this fix is 32.0.1700.107 for Windows, Mac, and Linux (to learn what version of Chrome you have, click the stacked bars to the right at of the address bar, and select “About Google Chrome” from the drop down menu).

The most recent versions of Flash are available from the Adobe download center, but beware potentially unwanted add-ons, like McAfee Security Scan. To avoid this, uncheck the pre-checked box before downloading, or grab your OS-specific Flash download from here. Windows users who browse the web with anything other than Internet Explorer will need to apply this patch twice, once with IE and again using the alternative browser (eg Firefox, Opera).

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10 comments

  • Does this mean they won't load the update with tricky 'crapware' ?

    I want a Flash Update not a McAfee Virus Scanner!

    David

    Commenter
    DGM
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 06, 2014, 10:58AM
    • Nah, looks like their crapware is still there. Remember to untick, or enter a world of hurt.

      Commenter
      Alistair
      Date and time
      February 06, 2014, 1:35PM
  • Why is Flash still a thing? Web developers just need to stop and use HTML5.

    Commenter
    Andrew
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 06, 2014, 12:16PM
    • Great to see Adobe moving to release a security patch with urgency - looks like they still care. Andrew - Flash is still a 'thing' because some of us need a stable, totally consistent cross platform environment in order to build large complex products. HTML5 got started with a lot of fanfare because it suited someone we all know commercially (even though he carried on like a broken alarm clock about 'technical issues'). The journey for HTML5 hasn't exactly been plain sailing since then. If you're a 'web developer' that might be ok, if you're not, check out Apache Flex - it's rocking along just fine. I've done more javascript than I would have preferred to, and of course I've looked at Sencha, Angular etc.

      Commenter
      sun
      Location
      out there somewhere
      Date and time
      February 06, 2014, 2:03PM
    • Flash and java both need to die. They're nightmares to manage in the enterprise, their patching schedule can be manic and despite their best efforts they're still a huge source of malware.

      Commenter
      James Hill
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      February 06, 2014, 2:05PM
    • +1

      Commenter
      James
      Date and time
      February 06, 2014, 2:07PM
  • Have to agree if Adobe stopped trying to download unrequested bogus rubbish everyday may be better inclined to keep my software up to date

    Commenter
    Tchtch
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    February 06, 2014, 1:17PM
    • AnyOne ReMember Java Patch!

      Commenter
      Myke
      Location
      Canberra!
      Date and time
      February 06, 2014, 2:33PM
      • When will Adobe realise that Flash is dead. I do not have it installed and I will not install it. Oh, no, wait.. the best thing about Flash is that a lot of advertising uses it, advertising that I never see - Hey Adobe, keep up the good work, more Flash.., more Flash!

        Commenter
        Paul
        Location
        Toowong
        Date and time
        February 06, 2014, 5:05PM
        • Use Secunia, that way your software is always up to date.

          Commenter
          The Analog Kid
          Location
          on a bug hunt with a couple of dentists
          Date and time
          February 06, 2014, 10:56PM
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