Adobe Releases Flash Player Update for 'Critical' Security Vulnerability on Mac

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Adobe-FlashAdobe has released security updates for Flash Player that address critical vulnerabilities that "could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system." Adobe is aware of "limited, targeted attacks" on OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Adobe lists the affected Flash Player and AIR versions in a security bulletin on its website. Mac or PC users running an affected version should immediately uninstall the web plugin or update their installation to the newest version outlined on Adobe's website.

Apple blocks many older or vulnerable versions of web plugins from functioning, including Adobe Flash and Java, to help limit exposure to potential "zero day" exploits. The web plugins remain blocked in Safari until you install the latest updates. Chrome, Firefox, and most other modern web browser also have web plugin safeguards in place due to the high number of past security risks.

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55 months ago
Wait, I thought Flash was dead. Why does anyone still have it installed.

Better option is to UNINSTALL ('https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiN-v2p5LjLAhUEdz4KHY6iAIIQFggfMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelpx.adobe.com%2Fflash-player%2Fkb%2Funinstall-flash-player-mac-os.html&usg=AFQjCNF9teSJ7MBkccsBo_TBTBiL9n8GgQ&bvm=bv.116573086,d.cWw')
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55 months ago
Tis is as toxic as the FBI.
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55 months ago

Wait, I thought Flash was dead. Why does anyone still have it installed.

Better option is to UNINSTALL ('https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiN-v2p5LjLAhUEdz4KHY6iAIIQFggfMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelpx.adobe.com%2Fflash-player%2Fkb%2Funinstall-flash-player-mac-os.html&usg=AFQjCNF9teSJ7MBkccsBo_TBTBiL9n8GgQ&bvm=bv.116573086,d.cWw')

Flash might already be dead in your case but not in all users' cases: some sites have no HTML5 replacement or said replacement lacks functionality compared to the Flash version. Said that, it's possible to whitelist the plugin to run only from the required sites reducing somewhat the risk.
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55 months ago
To the already posted and the numerous up coming posts, we get it. You've moved on from flash. Good for you, continue to give yourselves a pat on the back EVERY time a patch is released. Some of us have jobs that require the use of web based apps that run on flash. Case in point: VMware. Number one virtualization platform in the enterprise. They require a web based management console, and guess what it runs on. Sure, they plan on moving to HTML one day, but until that happens I'm glad these posts exist to help keep people aware of the security risks out there.
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55 months ago

Wait, I thought Flash was dead. Why does anyone still have it installed.

Better option is to UNINSTALL ('https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiN-v2p5LjLAhUEdz4KHY6iAIIQFggfMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelpx.adobe.com%2Fflash-player%2Fkb%2Funinstall-flash-player-mac-os.html&usg=AFQjCNF9teSJ7MBkccsBo_TBTBiL9n8GgQ&bvm=bv.116573086,d.cWw')

Because some websites still use it that I visit regularly?
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55 months ago

Wait, I thought Flash was dead. Why does anyone still have it installed.

Better option is to UNINSTALL ('https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwiN-v2p5LjLAhUEdz4KHY6iAIIQFggfMAE&url=https%3A%2F%2Fhelpx.adobe.com%2Fflash-player%2Fkb%2Funinstall-flash-player-mac-os.html&usg=AFQjCNF9teSJ7MBkccsBo_TBTBiL9n8GgQ&bvm=bv.116573086,d.cWw')

The ignorance and self centered attitude here astounds me. It's easy for you say that I shouldn't be using it and shouldn't patronize sites that use it. Well thank you for telling me how to run my business, life, etc. There are some critical sites that unfortunately still use it and therefore I must also. The arrogance shown here by so many just contributes to the progessive uselessness of this forum.
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