Why, it seems like only a month ago that Adobe issued an emergency update for a critical Flash flaw that allowed an attacker to take control of your Mac. Wait, it was just yesterday!
Adobe issued an emergency update for Flash on Thursday, in order to fix a critical flaw that would allow an attacker to take control of a Mac or PC. While the latest hole is already being exploited by ransomware that encrypts a Windows PC hard drive, there hasn’t been a similar attack in the wild reported for Macs. But the vulnerability does exist, so update your installation of Flash, or better yet, remove it all together.
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2016-1019 is being actively exploited on systems running Windows 10 and earlier with Flash Player version 188.8.131.526 and earlier.
Safari users are likely aware that Apple regularly blocks vulnerable versions of Flash from running on their browser, but such blocks can take time, so go ahead and update your installation to be safe. (UPDATE IT HERE)
This is the umpteenth time, (that’s a technical term), that Adobe’s little gem has been found to have holes in it that you could drive a truck full of malware through, so you might consider doing away with it altogether. Here’s how.