Emergency patch issued for Adobe Flash

Adobe has today issued a patch for critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player that are currently being exploited and have been targeting users of Windows and Mac OS X. The unscheduled patch cleans up bugs that were being used in attacks designed to trick users into downloading booby-trapped Word documents containing malicious Flash code, as well as exploits that targeted Safari and Firefox users in Mac OS X.

Despite the fact that the vulnerabilities are only being actively exploited on Windows and Mac OS X, Adobe has released the patch for all supported operating systems including Linux and Android. It's highly recommended that you update your Flash Player as soon as possible by heading to this link, although users of both Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 will have Flash automatically update so there's no need for any manual downloads.

This isn't the first time Flash has been exploited for malicious means, but it is good to see Adobe issuing unscheduled patches to fix issues as soon as possible. By keeping Flash Player up-to-date, you'll likely be protected from most security issues related to the platform.

Source: Adobe

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My Ubuntu update manager just popped up and asked to install an update for flash. Guess this was the reason, :-)

Adobe, please fix Flash 11.6 in the latest versions of Chrome. Any flash app open kills the performance on several of my PCs you POS platform that needs to freaking die.

Why do you keep downloading it?

I'm being serious...remove it from your system and try running without it for a few days. See whether there's really anything you're missing. If not...you're golden.

I know. I need to remove it and be done but I need flash for videos. Is there an alternative? I am very tempted to remove flash and never go back. Maybe I will

The biggest source of videos is Youtube, and they should be streaming with HTML5...just try it and see what happens...worst case scenario, you have to reinstall it.

Definitely not the first time and definitely won't be the last time.

This has got to be in the top 3 programs you love to hate? Kind of a can't live without it and can't live with it thing!

Would it be possible to either list the version numbers that are vulnerable/fixed, or provide a link to such info?

Edit: Just saw the link at the bottom of the article that says "Source: Adobe". Perhaps it should have said "Source: Adobe Security Bulletin"

I just got back to my laptop to find the message "Some of your tabs were refreshed to apply an Internet Explorer Flash update."

Job done.

Skyfrog said,
That's a beta version.

Yeah I know that, been using it for a long time now, and many releases of it.
I meant is it affected? Not that I care really. I'm not downgrading.

If the bug is new and was unknown until recently, then the chances are it still exists in later beta versions. You'll need a new beta version with the fix included.