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Critical Security Update Released For Adobe Flash Player

FlashPlayerAdobe has released an emergency critical security update for its widely used Flash Player today to patch a vulnerability already being exploited on the Internet. Adobe is strongly advising users with Adobe Flash Player to install the update immediately.

Adobe issued an advisory that states ” These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system” and “are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a website serving malicious Flash (SWF) content.” It identified the bugs as CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648.

This is the third time this month that Adobe has released security updates for Flash Player.

Recent versions of Flash Player (version 11) should install the update automatically, but those with older versions installed will have to update manually. This affects users of the Windows, MacOS, and Linux operating systems alike. The newest version of Adobe Flash Player can be obtained at https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/. Users of the Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 8 browsers will have their versions of Flash updated automatically when their web browser updates.

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