Adobe Flash Player, the most used plug-in is getting an emergency software update due to critical vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-3113). Adobe mentioned that it had “limited, targeted attacks” and advised people to update to the newest Flash Player ASAP. Those “limited, targeted attacks” were users running on Windows 7 and earlier along with users using Firefox on Windows XP.
The reason for this quick update was because hackers were able to take control of the affected computer whether you’re running Windows OS, Mac, or Linux. If you’re using Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x or Google Chrome, you’ll be fine as Flash Player will update automatically, so no worries there.
Head here to Adobe’s Flash Players page to make sure you have the most recent Flash Player update. The latest version number for Windows and OS X will be 184.108.40.206. For Linux users, the newest version number is 220.127.116.118. Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release users will need to update to version 18.104.22.1686.
Affected Flash Player versions are:
- Flash Player 22.214.171.124 and earlier versions for Windows and Mac
- Flash Player Extended Support Release version 126.96.36.1992 and earlier 13.x versions for Windows and Mac
- Flash Player 188.8.131.526 and earlier 11.x versions for Linux
To check and see which Flash Player version you are running, go to Adobe’s Flash Player site or right click on content running Flash Player and select “About Adobe Flash Player”.
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