Adobe Flash

Another unpatchable security flaw proves Flash needs to die

By on June 14, 2016 at 4:33 PM.

Another unpatchable security flaw proves Flash needs to die

Given the endless stream of security vulnerabilities that have continued to plague Adobe Flash for years, it’s almost a surprise that Flash isn’t entirely dead just yet. The latest Flash vulnerability to make waves is a zero-day exploit that was initially relayed to us via a security advisory from Adobe itself. Notably, researchers from Kaspersky Labs helped unearth the exploit.

According to the advisory, the critical vulnerability affects machines running Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS. Or, in other words, everybody. “Successful exploitation,” Adobe notes, “could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

And as if that weren’t worrisome enough, Adobe notes that it won’t have a patch ready to address the vulnerability until later in the week.

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Google Chrome Flash HTML5

Google is officially killing Flash in Chrome this year

By on May 16, 2016 at 7:45 AM.

Google is officially killing Flash in Chrome this year

The death of Flash is imminent; we’ve known that for a few years. A security threat and a battery hob, Flash is replaced with other tools. Even Adobe has had it with Flash. But Google will drive another nail in Flash’s coffin by disabling it in Chrome by the end of the year. More →

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Adobe Flash Windows Zero-Day Fix

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

By on May 11, 2016 at 7:10 PM.

Act surprised: There’s a new zero-day Flash exploit you need to fix right now

Flash zero-day vulnerabilities are a dime a dozen these days, so you won’t be surprised to learn there’s another one  in the wild. Microsoft and Adobe have independently found two distinct zero-day vulnerabilities for Internet Explorer and Flash, respectively, which means it’s time to update Windows and Flash. Apparently, exploits exist for both that allow for remote code execution. More →

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Adobe Flash Security Flaw

Warning: There’s a major security flaw in Flash and you need to update immediately

By on April 8, 2016 at 10:56 AM.

Warning: There’s a major security flaw in Flash and you need to update immediately

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before… dozens of times. A very serious security flaw has been discovered in Adobe Flash and millions of users are impacted. The zero-day vulnerability allows hackers to exploit the flaw and crash a user’s system, or even take control of the system and steal private data.

It’s one of the most serious types of flaws out there and in this case the vulnerability is being actively exploited by hackers. In other words, this isn’t some tiny bug discovered by researchers and handled privately with Adobe behind closed doors. Hackers are using the security hole to attack users as you read this — and now Adobe has released an update to patch the flaw. More →

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Flash Security Update Christmas

Update Flash right now, or just get rid of it: Christmas hack edition

By on December 29, 2015 at 6:50 AM.

Update Flash right now, or just get rid of it: Christmas hack edition

One of the things Christmas brought us is a new Flash exploit that could let attackers take control of an affected system. That’s not necessarily a surprise, considering that Flash bugs are often discovered. Not to mention that some hackers choose Christmas and the holidays to attack computer users who might be busy with plenty of other things that are more important than guarding the security of their computers.

Adobe has acknowledged the issue in a security announcement, and you should definitely update Flash to the latest version. Or just remove it from your computer.
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Adobe Flash Player For Mac

Apple just banned some versions of Adobe Flash from its computers

By on October 21, 2015 at 12:01 PM.

Apple just banned some versions of Adobe Flash from its computers

With his “Thoughts on Flash” letter back in early 2010, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs waged a war on Adobe that the media couldn’t get enough of. Beyond the hype, however, Adobe’s Flash platform really had become a resource hog that was a terrible burden on developers, and that wreaked havoc on PC performance. Thanks to the war Jobs waged, two things have happened in recent years: Flash has become far less popular as better technologies moved in to replace it, and the Flash platform has improved.

Improved though it may be, Flash still has some serious issues. We got a painful reminder of that last week when Adobe confirmed a very serious security flaw that was actively being used in attacks. Now, the story enters a new chapter as Apple just moved to block some versions of Adobe’s Flash software from its computers. More →

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Adobe Flash Player Security Vulnerability

Adobe releases patch for major Flash vulnerability – here’s how to download it

By on October 16, 2015 at 12:26 PM.

Adobe releases patch for major Flash vulnerability – here’s how to download it

Just over 24 hours ago, a major security vulnerability affecting all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux was discovered and reported to Adobe. Hopefully you’ve already uninstalled Flash Player, but whether or not you got around to scrubbing Flash from your computer, we’re pleased to report that Adobe has released a patch for the vulnerability. More →

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Adobe Flash Player

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash

By on October 15, 2015 at 8:30 AM.

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash

The fun never ends with Adobe Flash.

Just one day after Adobe released its monthly security patches for various software including Flash Player, the company confirmed a major security vulnerability that affects all versions of Flash for Windows, Mac and Linux computers. You read that correctly… all versions. Adobe said it has been made aware that this vulnerability is being used by hackers to attack users, though it says the attacks are limited and targeted. Using the exploit, an attacker can crash a target PC or even take complete control of the computer.

And now for the fun part: The only way to effectively protect yourself against this serious security hole is to completely uninstall Flash Player from your machine. More →

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Hackers Flash Yahoo Malware Attack

Hackers exploit Flash in one of the largest malware attacks in recent history

By on August 4, 2015 at 7:15 AM.

Hackers exploit Flash in one of the largest malware attacks in recent history

In case it wasn’t clear yet, Adobe’s Flash isn’t exactly the safest tool for delivering Internet content. Hackers are already more than aware of the software’s security issues and are happy to exploit them for various malicious purposes. That’s exactly what happened in late July when hackers used Flash to infect Yahoo websites with malware in what has been described as one of the largest malvertising attacks seen in the recent months. More →

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How To Uninstall Flash PC Mac Chrome

How to uninstall Flash on your computer and make the Internet a better place

By on July 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

How to uninstall Flash on your computer and make the Internet a better place

Ugh. Flash. The technology that just about everyone hates and that still just won’t die. While Flash is in its last throes out now that YouTube, Twitch and Mozilla’s Firefox browser have moved away from it, plenty of other websites still use it to deliver both video and games, among other things. Now a new movement called Occupy Flash has started up to get web users to give Flash one final big push over the cliff by uninstalling it on their computer or disabling it in their browsers. More →

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Flash On Android

How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 Lollipop

By on November 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM.

How to add Adobe Flash support to Android 5.0 Lollipop

There is absolutely no question that Adobe Flash took a massive hit when late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made it his personal mission to crush the shaky web tech and replace it with HTML5. Flash will someday be completely extinct as a result of that crusade, but it’s still hanging on for the time being and many websites will continue to make use of Flash for years to come.

People always talk about how phones and tablets are replacing desktop and laptop computers, but can they really be considered a suitable replacement if they can’t even properly display the millions of websites that still use Flash?

If you have an Android device and want to truly experience everything various websites have to offer, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily add Flash support to your phone or tablet. More →

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Apple Disables Outdated Flash Player

Here’s how Apple is protecting you from outdated versions of Flash Player

By on July 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Here’s how Apple is protecting you from outdated versions of Flash Player

As if Apple hadn’t made a strong enough case against Flash already, Adobe announced this week that a security vulnerability had been discovered in the most recent version of Flash Player. Adobe quickly addressed the issue, but Apple took safety measures a step further by adding any version of Adobe Flash Player version below 14.0.0.145 (and 13.0.0.231 on older machines) to its plugin blacklist. More →

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Adobe Flash Critical Security Update

Update Adobe Flash on your system right now

By on July 9, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Update Adobe Flash on your system right now

Adobe on Tuesday issued a critical security update to patch a vulnerability that could help hackers “take control” of computers after users visit various sites, CNET reports. Security blogger Michele Spagnuolo, who detailed the security exploit, says the Flash issue can be used by hackers to steal cookies that authenticate users on “thousands of websites.” More →

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