Adobe Flash Player always finds itself on the hot seat each year with its security vulnerabilities. This is not really a good thing since a number of these issues are critical enough to expose computer systems to malware attacks. But users can just now get away from the Flash since there is a high number of mainstream websites that require Adobe Flash Player.
Good thing Adobe tries to come up with updates to address these vulnerabilities and for 2017, security patches have been released. The latest of which was less than two weeks ago, May 9th, to be exact, in which seven security glitches were patched. As expected, these flaws are arbitrary code executions that allow hackers take over computer systems.
The said security updates were intended for users of Windows, Linux, Chrome OS and Macintosh who have the Flash installed on their computers and according to a report released by Adobe, here are the affected versions.
- Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime on Windows, Linux and Macintosh with versions 184.108.40.206 and earlier for the first two platforms as well as 220.127.116.11 and earlier for Mac.
- Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome versions 18.104.22.168 and earlier for the four platforms.
- Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 installed on Windows 8.1 and 10, with versions 22.214.171.124 and earlier.
The developer recommends the installation of the latest versions of the Adobe Flash Player on the said platforms and to verify the current version on each computer. To do so, simply go to the About Flash Player page. Conversely, if Flash Player is currently running, just right-click on the page.
The latest versions for specific products are the following:
- Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime version 126.96.36.199 for Windows, Linux and Macintosh.
- Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome version 188.8.131.52 for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. (Update to the latest version of Google Chrome is automatic and this includes the latest Adobe Flash Player version.
- Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 8.1 and 10 will also be automatically updated to the latest version.
These security patches will address the use-after-free vulnerability that can potentially lead to code execution (CVE – 2017-3071) as well as memory corruption vulnerabilities with code executions (CVE-2017-3068, CVE-2017-3069, CVE-2017-3070, CVE-2017-3072, CVE-2017-3073, CVE-2017-3074).
Hopefully, things will be better for Adobe Flash Player users after these patches since attacks from hackers can come from different places, just when some Windows malware passes as Adobe Flash Player on macOS. That said, users just have to be on the look-out as much as possible.