May 7th, 2012 10:42 EST
Internet Explorer Exploit with Adobe Flash
If your version of Adobe Flash is less than version 22.214.171.124, be sure to download the latest update that Adobe has made available today (you can do this using Adobe`s Flash version checker by clicking here). This update fixes a vulnerability in the program that is currently being exploited by malware developers to compromise computers.
Adobe issued a Security Bulletin concerning the vulnerability:
Adobe released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
There are reports that the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email message. The exploit targets Flash Player on Internet Explorer for Windows only.
Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.11 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168. Flash Player installed with Google Chrome was updated automatically, so no user action is required. Users of Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124 and earlier versions on Android 4.x devices should update to Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199. Users of Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and earlier versions should update to Flash Player 184.108.40.206.
Internet Explorer is known for always being under attack by hackers because there are so many vulnerabilities. This is why when you do a Windows Update, there are always several security fixes being downloaded. More people are switching to other browsers like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox that do not have as many security issues.
You can download the latest version of Adobe`s Flash Player here
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