Computer security remains a topic of substantial debate, and even technology giants have to stay on their toes at all times. Adobe had to patch yet another Flash zero-day vulnerability, for the third month in a row. It is due time Flash is weeded out completely sooner rather than later.
Adobe Flash Springs Yet Another Security leak
For a plugin that is still far too prevalent on the World Wide Web today, Adobe Flash sure has a lot of security concerns that need to be addressed. For three months in a row now, security experts had to close down a zero-day vulnerability before major harm could be done on the Internet. Luckily, the update was released rather quickly, yet it remains up to individual users to update their software.
However, the security team did a lot more than just fix this particular zero-day vulnerability, as a total of 25 security bugs were addressed. Twenty-five security bugs is an extremely high number for a tool which has seen two similar patches in recent weeks. All of these security issues could lead to code execution, which would theoretically allow internet criminals to run malware on infected computers.
One of these particular bugs has been used successfully by Internet criminals, although specific details were not revealed at the time of publication. Nor should Adobe disclose this information to the public, as they do not want to bring unwanted attention to this security hole until everyone has upgraded their Flash installation.
The main concern about such zero-day vulnerabilities is not knowing what malware will be installed until it is too late. Users put themselves at a significant risk by not updating their Adobe Flash software promptly, which allows Internet criminals to exploit infected computers even further with all types of harmful software.
Users can either choose to update their Flash installation as soon as possible, or turn off Flash completely whenever they don’t need it. Internet platforms are starting to upgrade to HTML5 for video playback content, eliminating the need for Adobe Flash altogether. Computer security is a serious matter that should never be underestimated.
Source: Naked Security
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