Adobe's Flash Player, just like Oracle's Java, seems to be in permanent focus when it comes to security. Both are preferred targets of hackers and criminals thanks to their wide distribution. Adobe this month released three security updates for Flash Player. The first two security updates were released on February 7 and 12, fixing critical security issues in Flash Player.
Yesterday, the company released a new security update for Flash Player that addresses several issues related to security. According to Adobe's security bulletin, version of Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux are affected and need to be updated to the latest version to resolve those issues.
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows, Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh, and Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.1990 and earlier versions for Linux.
Adobe notes that some of the vulnerabilities are exploited on the Internet. The company mentions that they target the Firefox web browser specifically, and that they are designed to trick users into clicking on links that direct them to websites where malicious Flash contents are being loaded.
It is recommended to update Flash Player asap to patch the vulnerability. If that is not possible right now, it is highly suggested to either disable Flash completely in the browser for the time being, enable click to play if available, or to install an extension like NoScript to block plugin contents from being loaded automatically when websites are visited.
Note that the Flash version of Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 will be automatically updated.
Check out this guide - it is for Java but the same methodology works also for Flash and other plugins - which explains how to use click to play or NoScript in Firefox.
You can check your version of Flash on this about page on the Adobe website.
Mozilla recently added several Flash Player versions to the company's blocklist, but the versions affected by the vulnerability are not among them.Enjoyed the article?: Then sign-up for our free newsletter or RSS feed to kick off your day with the latest technology news and tips, or share the article with your friends and contacts on Facebook, Twitter or Google+ using the icons below.