Adobe issues fix for Flash flaw that could allow hackers to take over users’ systems

Adobe has released an emergency security update for its Flash Player after the discovery of a flaw that hackers could exploit to take control of a user’s system.

Though users running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox for Windows XP are particularly at risk, Adobe urges all users to upgrade to the build of the commonly used browser plug-in.

Users running Google’s Chrome and Internet Explorer should have their Flash Player updated automatically, but users can check their Flash Player version here as well as manually download the latest update here.

Adobe’s Flash is often targeted by hackers because of how widely used the plug-in is, and Adobe has often had to issue security fixes for similar issues.

“Since Flash is such a widely used plug-in, it stands to reason that it will be one of the most targeted apps for vulnerability,” Mark James, a security specialist from ESET, told BBC. “If you want to affect as many people as possible, then you need an application that a lot of users use, and Flash is one of them.”

Photo: Exterior view of Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose, Thursday, June 16, 2005. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


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