Attention Windows XP users: Update Flash Player now

Attention Windows XP users: Update Flash Player now

Summary: The Adobe Flash Player 6 that ships by default in Windows XP is vulnerable to multiple code execution vulnerabilities that could lead to PC takeover attacks.

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Microsoft has shipped a security advisory with an urgent message for Windows XP users:  Update your Flash Player immediately.

The Adobe Flash Player 6 that ships by default in Windows XP is vulnerable to multiple code execution vulnerabilities that could lead to PC takeover attacks, according to the advisory.

Here's the warning:

Microsoft is aware of reports of vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player 6 provided in Windows XP. We are not aware of attacks that try to use the reported vulnerabilities or of customer impact at this time but recommend that users install the latest version of Flash Player provided by Adobe.

The Adobe Flash Player 6 was provided with Windows XP and contains multiple vulnerabilities that could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page. Adobe has addressed these vulnerabilities in newer versions of Adobe Flash Player. Microsoft recommends that users of Windows XP with Adobe Flash Player 6 installed update to the most current version of Flash Player available from Adobe.

This issue affects Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3.  The warning is also applicable to users running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2.

Adobe discontinued support for Adobe Flash Player 6 in 2006. The latest version of Adobe Flash Player is 10.0.42.34.

Adobe Flash Player is among the most commonly exploited desktop applications so it's important for all Windows XP users to heed this warning from Microsoft.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Security, Software, Windows

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  • I mean, c'mon!

    Anybody that is still using the default Flash player that is included in Windows XP is just asking for it anyway.

    Newsflash: XP RTM is insecure.

    If I hear anybody that says they just recently got Blaster or Sasser, they deserve a slap.
    Joe_Raby
    • Bad analogy

      Your analogy is not accurate. A vendor is responsible for providing security updates for components that they distribute with their product. If Microsoft provides Flash 6 with Windows XP, then they are responsible for providing Flash 6 security updates for the duration that Windows XP is supported.

      In other words, a fully-patched, supported Windows XP system with no additional software installed should be secure to known vulnerabilities.

      This liability is probably why Microsoft stopped distributing flash after XP.
      forrestgump2000@...
      • Therein lies the problem

        Microsoft doesn't write Flash, and XP RTM has been out of support for a while now, and future versions didn't include Flash 6. If anything, they should've removed it, but there would be other legal issues about that.
        Joe_Raby
  • Attention Windows XP users: Update the OS now

    Microsoft has shipped a security advisory with an urgent message for Windows XP users: Update your Operating System immediately.

    Windows XP is vulnerable to multiple code execution vulnerabilities that could lead to PC takeover attacks, according to the advisory.

    This issue affects Windows XP RTM, Windows XP Service Pack 1, Windows XP Service Pack 2, and Windows XP Service Pack 3. The warning is also applicable to users running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2.

    :)
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • My XP system

      is still going strong, after 8 years.

      I see no reason to stop using it yet.

      Mark
      markflax
      • What's your IP address then?

        I have a great video file for you to download...by the way you'll have to update your "flash" player...click on this link...
        Lovs2look
      • too true

        While yes I dual boot XP - 7 I still prefer XP for many of my more intensive programs and games because then the OS is using less resources and allowing the program/game to have it. XP (assuming if your like me and like to customize) can be modded to have Aero and the Windows ORB aswell as sidebar, docks, wallpaper cycler, and much more most of which you can get on the internet if you can't do it yourself. (and for free) XP is still a very functional OS.


        P.S. some things we have to remember is that some people still don't even have 1gb ram because well they just dont use it. they use their computer/laptop for work or just browsing the web.
        Ninja1507
  • windoze is insecure...where is the news

    M$ greed and incompetence put flash on all windoze machines.
    A class action lawsuit is in order!
    Linux Geek
    • But more secure than any version of Linux

      And to no one's surprise it's due to greed and incompetence...
      Johnny Vegas
      • greed and incompetence = is the Windows way since 3.1

        or haven't you noticed that yet..........
        Over and Out
      • Really?

        [i]But more secure than any version of Linux[/i]

        Any proof of that? Or are you just slumming?

        lol...
        Wintel BSOD
        • well, look.

          He doesn't have some magical manna coming down
          from heaven to convince stupid friggin' Linux
          users that they are mistaken about exactly how
          secure their OS is and how insecure Windows is.
          There've been studies that at the time showed
          Windows Vista was more secure than OS X Leopard
          OR any popular version of Linux at the time
          (Ubuntu, Red Hat or one other one, if mind
          serves. I understand there are stupid numbers
          of distros and there is probably one that
          doesn't have internet making it more secure
          than Windows, but who cares? Linux is so
          crippled in functionality for some users that
          it would just be plain stupid to switch).

          It's google-able, it's not lying to you, and if
          you choose not to believe it, you can go stick
          your tinfoil hat on and pray aliens don't
          abduct you. Now leave every non-crazy who wants
          an actual forum alone, PLEASE.
          evilkillerwhale@...
          • Tell ya what....

            evilkillerwindbag, we know you tried it once and didn't have the brains to get it to work. We promise we won't make fun of you. Honest.

            You just don't measure up. You're just not cut out for it, that's all.

            Now until you get substantiated proof that Linux is more vulnerable than Windoze, you're nothing but an overblown beached whale.
            Wintel BSOD
    • let's just speculate why don't we

      Windows has always been vulnerable to attacks.
      Sometimes because of the OS itself, other
      times, because of the software third party
      developers write for it.

      Don't kid yourself, Linux would be just as
      vulnerable, and just as big a target, if it had
      the market share Windows did. But I guess we'll
      never know, because Linux will never have even
      a fraction of that market...

      Keep dreaming, geeks.
      SystemVoid
      • Linux is safe due to small market share?

        You say that as if that is a bad thing. The reason does not matter, only the results matter. Is the home safer with an alarm or a dog? Does it matter?

        Paul
        pfyearwood
        • No, it doesn't matter...

          And since it doesn't matter, perhaps Linux users
          should stop bashing everything that isn't Linux.
          Or at least admit that if Linux and Windows traded
          places, it would be Linux under attack, not
          Windows.

          So, no.. the reason doesn't matter.
          SystemVoid
          • So you just said that...

            ...because you're mad at Linux users and you don't have a pot to p!ss in, right...(?)

            ;)
            Wintel BSOD
          • lol

            Yes, I'm mad at all two Linux users... boy are my
            nerves fired up!
            SystemVoid
          • lol - :D Well go in the corner...

            and take a time out. Mommy might bring you milk & cookies later.

            more lol... :D
            Wintel BSOD
        • ...

          Your analogy skills need to be increased if you
          wish to win an argument in life.

          IS AN HP MONITOR OR AN LG MONITOR BRIGHTER?
          DARS IT MATTUR? LINUX WIN GUFFAW FAW FAW.

          Jeez, man, come on. Linux can't run as many
          programs as Windows, it doesn't have the
          support Windows does, and doesn't work out of
          the box without you spending hours making sure
          things are set up correctly. Until it has all
          that under one unified flag (which kills the
          point of Linux), it will remain worthless as a
          real world tool and therefore it could have as
          much security as the original gameboy (aka no
          way to connect to anything with a virus) and no
          one will care.
          evilkillerwhale@...