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

December 29th, 2015 at 6:50 AM
Flash Security Update Christmas

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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After all, even Adobe is distancing itself from Flash, but that doesn’t mean the company won’t continue to update it when such security issues come along.

“Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2015-8651 is being used in limited, targeted attacks,” the company explained, without detailing the attacks. “Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest version using the instructions referenced in the security bulletin.”

As The Verge explains, there have been as many as 316 Flash bugs discovered this year alone, which means around six bugs have been found every week.

Flash is indeed dying, but it’s a slow death as more content-related online services are moving away from it, so you can expect plenty of bugs to be discovered in the future, at least as long as the plugin is still in use.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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