Adobe updates Flash amid renewed exploit fears

US software maker Adobe released an update for its widely used Flash player on December 28, 2015, amid reports that vulnerabilit
US software maker Adobe released an update for its widely used Flash player on December 28, 2015, amid reports that vulnerabilities had left users exposed to malicious attacks

US software maker Adobe on Monday released security updates for its Flash video player amid ongoing concerns about security holes that could let hackers in.

Adobe said it was aware of a report of "limited, targeted attacks" against unprotected versions of the software.

"These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," the company said in a statement.

"Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest version."

But some websites and services have been abandoning Adobe for security reasons.

Facebook this month said it was switching for its embedded videos while adding that "we are continuing to work together with Adobe to deliver a reliable and secure Flash experience for games on our platform."

Apple notably dropped the use of Flash in its iPhones several years ago, and earlier this year Amazon said it had stopped accepting advertising in Flash format.

Google also blocked Flash ads from its Web browsers this year by converting the content to a different format known as HTML5.

The moves come amid concerns that hackers could insert into video ads, a technique known as "malvertising."

Security blogger Brian Krebs said that Internet users should at least update their Flash programs or "better yet, get rid of Flash altogether, or at least disable it until and unless you need it."

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Dec 28, 2015
Managing without Flash wasn't easy until HTML5 started getting commonplace. These days I hardly miss it.

Dec 29, 2015
Adobe, keeping hackers busy since.....

Dec 29, 2015
Adobe, keeping hackers busy since.....

I mean how can Adobe products allow me to better twit more comments on bowel movements from my 4.5 inch screen?

Adobe, the foundation of all modern, multimedia graphics, editing and creation. What a wasted company; created by idiots like John Knoll!

Jan 02, 2016
After virtually daily intrustions by Adobe Flash updates on my computer, I decided to rebuild my system from scratch with the exclusion of Adobe Flash. Most sites videos work just fine, and any sites that depend on Adobe Flash (they tell me to install it to view) I just read the story attached. I find that Adobe Flash basically takes over your system. Its constantly looking for updates (because is so insecure a product it requires numerous updates) and applying all it finds. Try to uninstall the product and you will find traces of it all over your hard drive and riddled through your registry. What a piece of crap. Can't wait until all websites use HTML5 for video productions.

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