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Adobe Flash Player Gets Emergency Update
Adobe is recommending that users of its Flash Players update their current software immediately. The company put out an emergency security bulletin on Tuesday (February 4) addressing a ‘critical vulnerability’ in older versions of the software that hackers had learned how to exploit.
“This vulnerability could allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system,” Adobe wrote in a blog post. “Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists in the wild, and recommends users apply the updates referenced in the security bulletin.”
The company has assigned a Priority 1 rating to the vulnerability – the highest possible threat level rating – and new versions of the multimedia player have been released for the Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
An out-of-band security update such as this one is rare and indicates just how serious a threat Adobe believes the vulnerability to be for users of Flash Player. Unfortunately, this is just one in a series of recent setbacks for the company, further knocking public confidence in Adobe products.
Last year the company revealed that almost 38 million username and password details had been stolen from active account holders, and Flash continues to be the software of choice for cybercriminals looking to gain access to personal user information.
“Adobe does seem to have an unfortunate history of people finding security flaws with Flash that require updates,” independent security expert Alan Woodward told the BBC.
“What Adobe seems to have done in this case is put out a warning, but it has not given as much information as other firms would normally do when issuing such a security advisory.
“That might be them trying to avoid giving the hackers too much information whilst still telling people there is a problem.”
Adobe has described the flaw as an ‘integer underflow vulnerability’ that, if targeted, could cause a crash that would allow hackers to remotely execute code and take control of a computer system.
Avoiding Security Flaws
If you are a Flash Player user, it is important that you act immediately to update your current version of the software. Given the history that Adobe has with security flaws being exploited to infect unprotected computers, it is also essential that you take any threat extremely seriously and make arrangements to protect your computers and networks with Cloud Web Security. As long as internet users need Adobe software, there will always be a threat to security; Cloud Web Security will ensure that you do not become a victim.