Abobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 update for Windows and Mac brings 28 security fixes
Abobe Flash Player is back in the news again, and surprisingly it isn’t bad news.
Well, it isn’t exactly super good news either, as a bunch of security flaws, nearly two dozen, were found in flash Player, but they have been fixed.
Adobe Flash Player has been updated to version 22.214.171.124 for Windows and Mac, and to version 126.96.36.1991 on Linux. The extended support release is now at 188.8.131.52.
The update brings in security fixes for a total of 23 vulnerabilities. 18 of those flaws, had the potential to remotely execute malicious code on user’s PCs, while some others, such as memory leaks in browsers,were potentially capable of identity theft. You can read more about this at the official change log posted over at the Adobe website.
Google Chrome which uses its own Flash plugin called Pepper Flash, and Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 10, 11 both of which use their own built-in Flash Player plugins, will all be patched with the latest fixes from Adobe’s latest version of. Google Chrome has to be updated for this, while Microsoft just needs to push out Windows Updates for IE and Edge, to patch the browsers.
Other browsers like Mozilla Firefox use the regular Adobe Flash Player which you can download and install from the official website.
A couple of months ago, Adobe was in the spotlight for some pretty serious security issues. Attackers had exploited the vulnerabilities in Flash Player, to initiate zero day attacks using remote code execution, and stole several hundred GBs of data from a security firm, before the security flaw was fixed. This was so serious that it led to the browser maker, Mozilla to temporarily block the Flash Player plugin, for a while, until Adobe fixed the issue.
This wasn’t the only outcry from a company, as Facebook’s new Security head, publicly called for Adobe to end support for Flash Player. This came amidst calls from concerned users who also demanded the same. Google’ YouTube has already ditched Flash for HTML5, and even Amazon’s game video streaming service, Twitch will shift over to HTML5.
All this is not just because Flash is vulnerable to attacks, but because the HTML5 standard is much more secure. Frankly, I’m all in for better security and also the plethora of features that HTML5 is capable of, and with all the recent grim stories surrounding it, I don’t think Flash may be around for a long time.
That being said, make sure you update to the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to stay secure online.