Adobe patches a critical vulnerability in Flash Player

Adobe patches a critical vulnerability in Flash Player

The Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team published a security bulletin for Adobe Flash Player in a blog post today. Adobe patches a vulnerability in Flash Player with the update. Adobe assigned a Critical severity rating to the vulnerability. The vulnerability impacts Windows, Mac, Linux and ChromeOS operating systems running Flash Player 23.0.0.185 (Windows, Mac) and earlier. Refer to the Affected Versions chart for specific product and version information for each platform. The Critical rating means that an exploited vulnerability “would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.”

Adobe has assigned the Flash Player vulnerability with a Priority 1 rating, except for Linux (Priority 3). Vulnerabilities categorized as Priority 1 are either being targeted, or are at a greater risk of being targeted, by exploits that already exist in the wild. Adobe recommends applying the update that resolves the vulnerabilities as soon as possible by updating to Flash Player 23.0.0.205. Refer to the Solution chart for the specific updated version for each platform.

Check your computer to see which version of Flash Player is installed. If you see a notification that your Flash Player installation is out of date, update your computer’s Flash Player installation.

Certain web browsers, such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, already have Flash Player built-in. As such, Chrome will automatically update itself when new versions of Flash Player are available. Nonetheless, it is always a good practice to check for updates yourself. You are responsible for keeping yourself safe while online.

It has been 2 weeks since Adobe last released security updates for Flash Player. On October 11, 2016, Adobe released an update that patched 12 critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player.

References for October 26, 2016, Adobe Flash Player Critical Update

Adobe Security Bulletin: Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player

Adobe PSIRT Blog Post: Security Updates Available for Adobe Flash Player (APSB16-36)

US-CERT: Adobe Releases Security Updates

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