Critical Update for Flash Player: 12 security holes patched


If you haven’t updated Adobe’s Flash player in the last 23 hours you should do so right now!

Adobe has released a critical update for Flash player that addresses 12 serious security holes in the software in versions 11.0.1.152 and earlier. This affects ALL Microsoft Windows systems, as well as Mac, Linux, and Solaris.

From Adobe’s security bulletin:

This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2445).
This update resolves a heap corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2450).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2451).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2452).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2453).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2454).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2455).
This update resolves a buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2456).
This update resolves a stack overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2457).
This update resolves a vulnerability that could lead to a cross-domain policy bypass (Internet Explorer-only) (CVE-2011-2458).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2459).
This update resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2460).

These are serious vulnerabilities and with huge numbers of flash video and websites on the internet I strongly advise everyone to update as soon as possible, if you haven’t already done so!

You can read the entire security bulletin on Adobe’s security site.
You can check if you have Flash player installed – and which version – on Adobe’s About Flash page.
You can download Flash player directly from HERE.
NOTE: Be sure to uncheck the box for any additional downloads offered. Users with multiple browsers will need to download a different version for each browser from this page.

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