A security update is now available for Adobe Flash Player, patching a vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system. The security flaw is primarily present in older versions of Flash player.
Affected versions are 22.214.171.124 and earlier on Mac OS, 126.96.36.199 on Windows, and 188.8.131.520 on Linux. Chrome users have Flash built-in, and it should be updating automatically. To determine the version Chrome is using, type chrome://plugins/ into Chrome’s address bar and locate Adobe Flash Player in the list.
Luckily the course of action to protect against this security hole is to update Flash. However, since the charm and ease of Adobe’s updaters has caused them to be disabled by a lot of people, it’s a good idea to take a moment and check to see if your version of Flash Player is affected. I keep Chrome handy so I don’t have to have Flash Player installed, and the update process is pretty smooth for Chrome so I don’t have to worry about it much.
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