There are vulnerability issues that Adobe keeps on monitoring as of late. The vulnerability details include security bypass and memory corruption. These vulnerabilities involve information disclosure, memory address disclosure, and remote code execution.
It is the main reason why Adobe has required the prompt update for users to protect their system from malicious hackers lurking and waiting for the ultimate attack. The said update version 188.8.131.52 would address critical vulnerabilities that would allow attackers to penetrate vulnerable systems. As a result, this would allow a remote attacker to run the code on the computer of the victims and from there take control of the system.
It is recommended by Adobe to update to the latest version as soon as possible, particularly users of Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Mac, Linux, and Windows. This can be done by visiting the official website of Adobe https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.
Take note that even as you have set the plug-in to automatically install the updates when available, there are times when the system wouldn’t give prompt reaction. Thus, you must install the updates yourself manually. It would be very favorable for users of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers, because the Flash Player version would be updated automatically to its latest version once the browser updates itself.
Another option for you to consider is to uninstall Flash Player from your system. However, if you require use Flash Player to view or play content from specific websites or applications, you need to keep it in your computer. Thus, make sure that you update your plug-in from time-to-time in order to avoid security vulnerabilities.
Remember that Adobe Flash Player is among the most favored application that malicious hackers would want to target. Therefore, the security of your system relies on how serious you are about getting Flash Player updated.