Adobe Systems recently released an update for Adobe Flash Player to fix vulnerabilities that expose the computer systems of users to security risks. This was almost at the same time when Microsoft also released its first Patch Tuesday for the year.
Along with Adobe Reader and Acrobat, Flash Player received the update to resolve vulnerabilities with the first two having around 29 while Flash Player having 13. This was also done in the midst of the announcement of Google and Microsoft that they will be stopping support for Flash Player soon. All in all, there were 42 security fixes for the three Adobe products.
The latest update is version 18.104.22.168 and comes in a separate package. And as stated earlier, it will be resolving quite a number of vulnerabilities. One has something to do with letting hackers acquire important data about the user and allowing them to bypass security. Adobe Systems, though, is quick to say that these vulnerabilities have not been exploited by hackers.
The update is available in four platforms which are Windows, Linux, ChromeOS and Macintosh OS X. For users whose Flash Player came with Chrome, /internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 and 8.1 and Edge, update is automatic. Conversely, Flash Player users who have Mac and Flash Desktop Runtime for Windows are recommended to download the latest version manually.
Patch Tuesday for Adobe Flash Player was released despite the unpopularity of the browser plug-in because of its roller coaster performance in the past years. Chrome 55 will soon be moving to HTML while Microsoft’s Edge will also be blocking Flash Player by default on HTML5 sites.
The past couple of years were dark days for the Adobe product as a number of companies started to turn their backs on Flash Player due to security vulnerabilities. But with the latest Adobe Flash Player update, things might look better for the cross-platform plug in.