Following a Flash security nightmare, Adobe has released 23 critical security updates for its flagship product Flash Player. This update covers Flash Player installed on a Windows, Linux or Mac computers as well as Chrome OS PCs and Android mobile devices. In recently released security bulletin, Adobe has detailed the vulnerabilities and Flash Player versions affected by them. If you are using Flash Player on any of your device, it is strongly advisable to update your Flash Player version right away.
Adobe has classified 18 vulnerabilities out of total 23 as critical. This is the highest level of severity according to Adobe severity ratings. A malicious attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities remotely and take control of a device by executing arbitrary code on it.
If your Flash version is below the version specified in below table, you should update it right away without giving a second thought. To check the current version of Flash installed on your device and the latest version available, visit Adobe Flash Player page on your device. Follow these instructions to determine current version of Adobe Air running on your system.
Read Adobe Security Bulletin to learn more about these vulnerabilities.
Adobe seems to be going through rough time lately keeping Flash security and performance in mind. HTML 5 is expected to take over Adobe’s Flash Player soon and many are considering this as the end of Flash. Back in June, Google announced that they were working with Adobe to improve performance and battery life of devices while using Flash. As of 1st September 2015, Google Adwords started blocking auto playback of Flash ads and asked advertisers to convert their ads to HTML 5 instead. Google also begun “intelligently pausing” Flash content on their Chrome browser by default. Mozilla recently stopped supporting older versions of Flash considering them to be vulnerable. Facebook’s new Chief Security Officer Tweeted in July that Adobe should announce end-of-life date for Flash.
Founder of Apple, late Steve Jobs was always against using Flash on Apple devices stating it caused poor performance, poor battery life and abysmal security. Apple has not supported Flash on their iOS operating system since the beginning.
It will be interesting to see how Adobe responds to the threat of Flash security nightmares and will Flash just go away or stay dominant in the market.
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