Adobe Flash Player users have been experiencing a few bugs here and there over the past couple of years. Now, the company has found another bug that affects all versions being run on Windows, Mac and Linux OS.
“Adobe said Thursday that it will issue an out-of-cycle security update next week to address the software plug-in’s vulnerability, which it warned could crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,” according to CNET.
“The bug was discovered earlier this week by researchers at Trend Micro.”
One week might be a little too late for some users who may be presently experiencing phishing attacks. The report claims that the Pawn Storm cyberespionage group has launched attacks against different governments making the vulnerability a pretty serious issue when it comes to national cybersecurity.
“Following Steve Jobs’ high-profile open letter attacking Flash in 2010, a chorus of voices in the tech community has called for the software to be retired,” according to the report.
“In August, Google announced it would no longer automatically play advertisements made with Flash on its Chrome browser, the most popular Web browser in the world. In July, a day after Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said that ‘it is time for Adobe to announce the end-of-life date for Flash,’ Mark Schmidt, the head of Firefox support, declared that Flash is ‘blocked by default in Firefox as of now.'”
It’s ongoing issues have led to most companies dropping it from their operating systems. There was a time when you couldn’t play a game online before you updated your Flash Player but it seems as though those days may be continuing to fade after the recent vulnerabilities.
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