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Windows 10 Users: Stay Secure by Getting Microsoft and Flash Player Updates

If you own a Windows 10 PC or laptop, you’ll want to set aside some time to download and install the updates that have been recently released by Adobe Flash Player and Microsoft.

On July 11, Adobe released security bulletin APSB17-21, which gives us key information about Flash Player version 26.0.0.137. This update provides patches for a critical vulnerability codenamed CVE-2017-3099, which promotes memory corruption and allows remote code execution. The Flash Player update also provides patches for CVE-2017-3080 and CVE-2017-3100, which have been classified as important and pave the way to user information disclosure and memory address disclosure, respectively.

The three vulnerabilities affect Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11. They can also affect Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime and Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome, both of which run on Windows as well as other operating systems.

Check the version of Adobe Flash Player that’s running on your computer; if you have version 26.0.0.131 or earlier, you’ll need to download and install the latest update to ensure your Flash Player has the latest security fixes.

Microsoft also rolled out its monthly Patch Tuesday for July on the same day that Flash Player 26.0.0.137 was released. Microsoft’s update provides security fixes for 54 vulnerabilities that affected Windows as well as Microsoft Office, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and other associated software.

Nineteen of these vulnerabilities have been classified as “critical”, thirteen of which are scripting engine memory corruption vulnerabilities that target Microsoft Edge. Six of the critical vulnerabilities promote remote code execution and target Microsoft HoloLens, Windows Search Remote, and other features and programs.

Out of the 54 vulnerabilities, 32 were classified as “important”. Only three of the vulnerabilities have been categorized as “moderate”.

Your Windows 10 computer should automatically download and install these new updates once you’re connected to the internet. If it doesn’t, you can check your computer’s Windows Update to manually download and install the updates.

Read this article to know more about setting up Adobe Flash Player on Windows 10.

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