GET YOUR UPDATE HAT ON, Adobe has released a Flash patch package that really deserves your attention.
This is the latest salvo from the firm, and the advice so far is to drop everything and apply it immediately. Out-of-band releases are always interesting, and the suggestion is that the fix is a rush job to deal with some particularly nasty threats.
"If you're running Adobe Flash on your Windows, Mac or Linux computer - it's time, once again, to make sure that you're running the latest version of the software. Adobe has issued a security patch for the Flash Player tackling critical security holes that could allow a malicious hacker to gain access to your computer, infect it with malware and steal your data," said security guru Graham Cluley.
"Most of the nearly two dozen vulnerabilities patched in Adobe's latest update could be exploited to execute malicious code on victims' computers, and relate to buffer overflow flaws, memory corruption and stack corruption. Windows and Mac users are advised to update at the earliest opportunity."
Adobe also urges users to get their skates on in its official announcement, saying that some of the Flash issues are critical.
"Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player," it says. "These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."
Adobe Flash is less Flash Gordon and more Gordon Bennett these days. People have fallen out of love with the web software and it is increasingly gaining pariah status.
It is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash and to ask the browsers to set killbits on the same day.— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) July 12, 2015
Some people, including Facebook security chap Alex Stamos, have suggested an internet moratorium on Flash. Cluley suggested that this might be a leap too far for most users, but did recommend that perhaps people disable Flash by default. µ
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