Stop us if you've heard this one before... dozens of times. A very serious security flaw has been discovered in Adobe Flash and millions of users are impacted. The zero-day vulnerability allows hackers to exploit the flaw and crash a user's system, or even take control of the system and steal private data.
It's one of the most serious types of flaws out there and in this case the vulnerability is being actively exploited by hackers. In other words, this isn't some tiny bug discovered by researchers and handled privately with Adobe behind closed doors. Hackers are using the security hole to attack users as you read this -- and now Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw.
Here's what you need to know: All desktop versions of Adobe Flash player are affected, including builds for Windows, OS X and Linux. So basically, if you have a computer you need to install the update.
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||184.108.40.206 and earlier||Windows and Macintosh|
|Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release||220.127.116.113 and earlier||Windows and Macintosh|
|Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome||18.104.22.168 and earlier||Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS|
|Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11||22.214.171.124 and earlier||Windows 10|
|Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11||126.96.36.199 and earlier||Windows 8.1|
|Adobe Flash Player for Linux||188.8.131.527 and earlier||Linux|
How can you update? You can use the update mechanism on your computer, or you'll find direct downloads and alternative options here:
|Product||Updated Versions||Platform||Priority rating||Availability|
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||184.108.40.206||Windows and Macintosh||1||Flash Player Download Center|
|Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release||220.127.116.113||Windows and Macintosh||1||Extended Support|
|Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome||18.104.22.168||Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS||1||Google Chrome Releases|
|Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11||22.214.171.124||Windows 10||1||Microsoft Security Advisory|
|Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11||126.96.36.199||Windows 8.1||1||Microsoft Security Advisory|
|Adobe Flash Player for Linux||188.8.131.526||Linux||3||Flash Player Download Center|