Adobe Flash Player 15 Update Addresses 18 Key Security Issues
The Adobe Organization has just launched another key update for the Adobe Flash Player 15 that is aimed at fixing another round of the critical vulnerabilities associated with this application software when streaming and playing web content.
This time round, it has been reported that this new release will address eighteen problems mainly associated with streaming of content across multiple platforms. As a result, it is recommended that you download the latest update immediately since the company believes that the issues addressed are among the very serious ones and failure to update the application may lead to compromised systems. Don’t ignore this update for the good of your system, time and money.
No More Code Execution Vulnerabilities
What the company has done with the latest update is that many of the vulnerabilities associated with arbitrary execution of codes that was common with the earlier version are now a thing of the past. Such vulnerabilities are what hackers enjoy since Flash Player is a platform that is used by almost every computer system across the globe and in most cases, many are unaware of its highly insecure nature.
Automatic Integration with Windows 8 or Higher
The newly updated version of Adobe Flash Player 15 will be compatible with Chrome and Internet Explorer for those running on Windows 8 and 8.1. What this means is that users of these two browsers need not to go around updating their Flash Player, it will automatically update to the latest version.
However, if you are running Mozilla Firefox, Opera or any other browsers apart from the aforementioned, it is mandatory that you manually update your Flash Player. Here, you’ll need to visit the official Adobe website to download and install the latest update. Alternatively, you can use the application’s in-built auto update tool. Regardless of your operating system, be it on a computer or a mobile device, you’ll enjoy the new features of Adobe Flash Player 15.
Nothing to worry about
Initially, there were some worries that hackers and other malicious internet users could already have accessed and or taken advantage of the vulnerabilities in the prior versions of Adobe Flash Player 15. Some even argue that these hackers can use these vulnerabilities, but on a small scale and in a way that the security experts at Adobe and any other third parties are not tipped off.
Well, Adobe reassured their users that these vulnerabilities were not known by attackers and or hackers and as it stands, they haven’t been used in any way. This is why Adobe is calling for all users of Adobe Flash Player 15 to download the latest update and stay free of any attempts of attack from any possible hacker.
Flash Player has been around for quite some time and it has its share of problems when it comes to the world of browsers. Flash, alongside Java, has had their plugins receive lots of criticism as they are considered very problematic. Their plugins have been causing key issues for security experts and developers, especially issues related to security.
In particular, Flash Player has been at the center of criticism as well as too much controversy to a point that it is even being phased out by developers and from web development in general. However, this issue of being phased out does not only affect Flash, it is something all major browsers have come together to pursue – getting rid of the many active content plug-ins – with many citing performance and security reasons as the determining factors.
Phasing out Adobe Flash Plug-Ins
In future, major browsers will not feature Adobe Flash Player, Unity Web Player or even Java. Why, because they are focused on using one platform, HTML 5 and OpenGL, for development of games. To the surprise of Flash Player and other plugins, this idea has been met with open hands and many across web development have even started using HTML 5. But one thing both users and developers must ready themselves to go through is the challenging process and period of transition.
In the latest version of Google Chrome, some plugins have already been disabled as a default measure and soon, Mozilla Firefox will follow suit. Even though this transition is not known how long it will take, it is obvious that this is a huge and large scale change and it won’t take a night.