Adobe has just released an urgent security patch for its Adobe Flash Player version 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions on Windows, Macintosh and Linux; version 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Android 4.x; and 220.127.116.11 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. Adobe said that the update released today will address a critical vulnerability in the software so users are encouraged to secure the patch immediately. According to Adobe, the updates addresses a so called “object confusion vulnerability” which can cause the application (Adobe Flash Player) to crash and potentially allow an attacker to manipulate the affected system (in this case your PC).
Apparently there are reports that the security flaw found in older versions of Adobe Flash Player is being exploited and targeted, particularly on the Internet Explorer for Windows. Basically, users are tricked into opening a malicious file via email. Albeit the potential attacks are limited to Windows, Mac users as well as those running on Linux are asked to get the update as well. If you can still remember, a few weeks ago, about 650,000 Macs have been hijacked by the Flashback malware masquerading itself as an update for Adobe’s Flash player. You can get the security patch via Adobe.