Adobe issues non-critical Flash update

Summary:[UPDATE] A new version of Flash fixes two vulnerabilities in the Windows, Mac and Linux versions. They're not super-high priority.

Adobe has released updates to Flash Player to address two vulnerabilities in the product on Windows, Mac and Linux.
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Adobe ranks the severity of these vulnerabilities as "important," rather than "critical." They define important as "[a] vulnerability, which, if exploited would compromise data security, potentially allowing access to confidential data, or could compromise processing resources in a user's computer." It is not critical, which could allow an attacker to run malicious code.

Adobe has assigned them priority 2 on Windows and Mac, and priority 3 on Linux. This means that there are no known exploits and that Mac and Windows users should install it "soon (for example, within 30 days)." Linux admins may apply the update at their discretion.

A new stable release of Google Chrome has already been released today. The Flash update is not specifically listed as being included, but some of the vulnerabilities are unspecified.

[UPDATE: Microsoft has released the update and a security advisory. Users can run Windows Update to apply it.]

Topics: Security


Larry Seltzer has long been a recognized expert in technology, with a focus on mobile technology and security in recent years. He was most recently Editorial Director of BYTE, Dark Reading and Network Computing at UBM Tech. Prior to that he spent over a decade consulting and writing on technology subjects, primarily in the area of sec... Full Bio

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