Flash Player Security Warning

Our IT superhero, Thomas Gruber, would like all our readers to know about this serious Flash Player security issue. He equals it to the worst-case scenario (think BP oil spill). He's a pretty laid-back guy, so this is quite serious. It should only take you a few minutes. Basically, Adobe just came out with a list of problems, 29 in total, that allow code to install viruses (don't ask us about the techie details on this). There have already been reports that some not-so-nice people are  cheerfully taking advantage of this, and Adobe highly recommends getting the newest version of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR.

Here is how to fix this:
Adobe Flash Player
Adobe recommends all users of Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2 and earlier versions upgrade to the newest version 10.1.53.64 by downloading it from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center or by using the auto-update mechanism within the product when prompted.
For users who cannot update to Flash Player 10.1.53.64, Adobe has developed a patched version of Flash Player 9, Flash Player 9.0.277.0, which can be downloaded from the following link.
Adobe AIR
Adobe recommends all users of Adobe AIR 1.5.3.9130 and earlier versions update to the newest version 2.0.2.12610 by downloading it from the Adobe AIR Download Center.





2 comments:

Tess Whitty on June 16, 2010 at 7:21 AM said...

Thanks for the heads up! I have upgraded now.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I noticed this myself, without being a IT guru: Adobe carries viruses or allow them to be installed...Thank you for the explanation though!

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