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Adobe Issues Security Update for Flash Player

Adobe Systems Inc. has shipped an update for its ubiquitous Flash player that fixes at least five security flaws. A few of the flaws are critical, meaning users could have malicious software installed on their system merely by visiting a Web page that features a booby-trapped Flash movie.

Many readers will need to apply two different versions of this patch: One is designed for Internet Explorer, and another updates the Flash player in Firefox, Opera and Safari. This can be accomplished by visiting this update link twice, once with IE, and then again with Firefox or whichever other browser you're using.

The patch plugs security holes in Flash player 10.0.12.36 and earlier. Updates are available for Flash versions made for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Not sure which version of Flash you have installed, or want to make sure the fix worked? Visit this link to find out.

Adobe says users who for whatever reason cannot update to Flash Player 10 can grab a patched version of Flash Player 9, Flash Player 9.0.159.0, which can be downloaded from this link.

By Brian Krebs  |  February 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: adobe, flash, patch  
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Comments

There is also a Flash update for Adobe CS4 to address security issues. Unfortunately, during the installation, Windows perceives that flashplayer.exe "is potentially harmful" and blocks the installation. So ironic. I have yet to find a workaround for this one. Frustrating.

Posted by: FairWeatherFriend | February 25, 2009 8:19 PM | Report abuse

What does this fix that I don't want fixed? See Microsoft Genuine Advantage for an example of what I'm talking about.
Does it fix flash so that it doesn't crash my browser when I go to comedycentral.com? That would be a useful fix.

Posted by: sobe53711 | February 26, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Adobe would only let me update the IE flash player via ActiveX and not in my language of choice. Oh, and thanks, Adobe, for assuming that I'd like to also install the Google toolbar with the IE flash player.

So, I ditched it. Downloaded and ran the flash uninstaller, and then re-installed flash for non-IE browsers only. I never use IE anyway, and it's one less annoying update that I have to bother with.

Posted by: t_joe | February 27, 2009 10:37 PM | Report abuse

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