Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

Summary: Back in November of last year I looked at the data for this blog and was shocked - SHOCKED! - to find that some 35% of you were vulnerable to remote-code execution exploits because you were running an out-of-date Flash player. I said I was going to keep and eye on things ... well, that time has come, and, well, things are worse! Much worse!

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Back in November of last year I looked at the data for this blog and was shocked - SHOCKED! - to find that some 35% of you were vulnerable to remote-code execution exploits because you were running an out-of-date Flash player. I said I was going to keep and eye on things ... well, that time has come, and, well, things are worse! Much worse!

According to the data I have here, over the past week almost 45% of visits to this blog have been from systems that are running outdated versions of Flash. That's bad. Really bad!

Here's the data:

Everything NOT in the blue or orange segments represents an old, outdated version of Flash, and required urgent upgrading.

Check your Flash player NOW! Information on the current version of Flash player can be found here.

Alternatively, download and install use Secunia PSI which can be used to scan for outdated Flash plugins, Java, a multitude of applications and much more.

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  • FlashBlock

    I've been using the FlashBlock plugin for several years. I started using it because I found Flash pages annoying. Now it serves a second purpose: security.
    luke_sg
    • Agreed, Flash is extremely annoying...

      @luke_sg

      But you still might want to run that Secunia PSI... Old plug in are left on your PC and still serve as a security risk, secunia will help you find them and get rid of them. Adobe sucks the big one.
      i8thecat
  • Nice try. Ubuntu Linux with AppArmor profiled FF

    puts the keibosh on *any* exploit.

    Ubuntu Linux: with LSM technology is the safest operating system on the planet.

    I stake my reputation on it.
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      So you have to take extra steps to make linux secure? That sucks.
      Loverock Davidson
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @Loverock Davidson
        No, it doesn't; you have to take extra steps to make ANY system reasonably secure.
        tom@...
    • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate you do not have any reputation
      browser.
    • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Drunk

      It should be noted that yes, hackers have gotten around sandboxes before. Java itself is a language running on a VM which effectively sandboxes Java applications, yet it has had exploits.

      It's a step forward, but not a complete solution. And yes, there are sandboxes available for Windows as well.

      This security stuff is pretty amusing, considering I haven't been a victim of a virus in years on my Windows system. It actually doesn't take much effort to secure a Windows system anymore.
      CobraA1
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @CobraA1 I agree.<br><br>I've been using computers since 1982 and to the best of my knowledge, I've never had a virus on any of my personal computers (fingers crossed). I'm a systems level developer, so I know what to look for and what to avoid and practice safe computing. All it takes is a lot of common sense and smart practices. Obviously, it also takes a small effort to keep up on the latest threats and to temporarily stop using software where an exploit has been found and not yet fixed OR avoid using the functions in that software that could open the exploit, until it's fixed.<br><br>And of course, staying away from obvious sites like warez and porn sites. FlashBlock on FF and adblock, also on FF are very powerful and very easy to install... consider them "web condoms" <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
        Software Architect 1982
    • Since your &quot;reputation&quot; is based on lies

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      I wouldn't really want to be bragging to much about it.

      (Maybe the chicks dig it, but they learn the truth eventually)
      Will Farrell
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @Will Farrell

        By chicks do you mean Rosie Palm and her best friend Jill?

        I only say this because after reading many things posted by Dietrich I think he really does not get out that much. I cannot imagine anyone being as naive as him that actually experienced the real world.
        bobiroc
      • Don't fanatics drive you nutz:)

        @Will Farrell
        Just saying.....

        Pagan jim
        James Quinn
    • I agree!

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate
      45% is about the number of people using windoze and OSX.
      The rest of us (55%) use Linux and we are safe from flash exploits.
      Linux Geek
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @Linux Geek

        55%??? What are you smoking?
        bobiroc
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @Linux Geek NO ONE uses an OS called "windoze"... sounds like a sleep aid or a pathetic ABM elementary schoolyard insult.
        athynz
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @Linux Geek ... Uhh, you need to recheck your research number; you're way off. Try a more unbiased source next time.
        tom@...
      • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

        @Linux Geek : Stop smoking the pot. Linux OS marketshare is just over 1%. It also means that About 95% of the OS market share uses Flash. The rest are in the stone age.
        Gis Bun
    • RE: Almost 45% of YOU are vulnerable to Flash exploits!

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      First of all the only reputation you have is based on lies and hatred for anything but Ubuntu it seems. Second any Operating system is only as safe as the person using it. Can Ubuntu Linux with LSM save the user from opening that email and clicking on the fake link they think is from their bank and entering their account info? Can it save them from randomly liking some exploit on Facebook that has nothing to do with the OS you use? I could go on but I think you get the point. No OS or software can save from any exploit. They can take preventative steps but ultimately safe computing begins and ends with the person using it.
      bobiroc
      • Safe again!

        @bobiroc
        You can even sandbox your email client app.
        I do have Evolution running in a AA sandbox.

        Go figure Bobiroc.
        Crazy.

        Ok try again.
        Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
      • Yes, try again.

        @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate: [i]You can even sandbox your email client app.[/i]

        Go back and re-read the question. Pay particular attention to the following part:

        "...clicking on the fake link they think is from their bank and entering their account info?"
        ye
        • Shifting subjects is considered 'off-topic'. Phishing is a separate matter

          @ye
          nt
          Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate