Windows users will probably be unsurprised to note that Adobe’s ubiquitous Flash plug-in requires yet another patch. This time, unfortunately, Adobe is scrambling to release version 11.6 to rectify 2 serious security holes that are already being exploited in the wild, and not just on Windows machines; Macs and even Linux is affected by the latest flaws.
What this means for you:
The flaws fixed by the above release may allow malicious websites to install malware either from just visiting a compromised website, or by redirecting your browser to open infected Microsoft Word documents or Adobe PDFs. There are malware websites being found on the web right now that can take advantage of unpatched Flash plugins and they will wreak havoc on your computer.
Patch Flash now. Here’s how:
- Go to Adobe’s website: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ (works for any platform)
- Windows: Go to your Control Panel and look for the “Flash Player” control panel icon. Click the “Advanced” tab and then the “Check Now” button.
If you want to verify you’ve updated to the correct version, you can check it by visiting this link after patching: http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/