Adobe urges Adobe Flash Player users to upgrade to the latest version of this plug-in to ensure their systems are secure from malware attacks. Each year, this web application faces security vulnerability issues that can lead to code execution errors among others. Exploits have been targeting Adobe Flash Player and the latest updates aim to address critical vulnerabilities.
When a critical rating is given, this means that if the software is exploited, this will lead to potential execution of malicious native-code without the knowledge of the user. In a nutshell, whoever released the bug will be able to take control of the affected computer system and worse, steal personal information, such as passwords, credit card numbers and bank accounts. These instances are the ones prevented with getting regular updates, particularly for Adobe Flash Player.
Since January this year, there have been 47 security vulnerabilities discovered, seven of those were found in April and this month, seven more were published. But luckily, six days after, updates for the affected versions were rolled out.
While it might seem wise for some to stop using Adobe Flash Player, there are a number of websites that require this application to view multimedia and allow animation. This clearly indicates that users are still bound to use the Flash, one way or the other.
This should not really be a problem, though, since the recent updates will resolve six memory corruption vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-3068, CVE-2017-3069, CVE-2017-3070, CVE-2017-3072, CVE-2017-3073, CVE-2017-3074).and the use-after-free vulnerability (CVE-2017-3071).
The latest version 126.96.36.199 is for several platforms which include Chrome OS, Linux, Windows and Macintosh while the affected versions include 188.8.131.52 and older. The priority rating for these platforms is 1 except for Linux which was given a priority rating of 3.
The Adobe Priority System is important since it indicates the urgency of getting an update. For a rating of 1, update recommendation is immediately or within 72 hours since there is a higher risk of being exploited. Conversely, a rating of 3 indicates there have been no reported targets yet and it the installation of updates is left on the administrator’s discretion.
With these potential threats and the latest Adobe Flash Player scam and malware you should know about, it’s best to ensure you have the latest software version.