Friday, February 12, 2010

Critical Security Update for Adobe Flash Player

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Adobe Systems Inc.
today released an updated version of its Flash Player software to fix two critical security holes in the ubiquitous Web browser plugin. Adobe also issued a security update for its Air software, a central component of several widely-used Web applications, such as Tweetdeck.

The Flash update brings the newest, patched version of Flash to v., and applies to all supported platforms, including Windows, Mac and Linux installations. Visit this link to find out what version of Flash you have. The latest update is available from this link.

Windows users will need to apply this update twice if they use another browser in addition to Internet Explorer. Those users will need to visit the Flash Player Download Page and install the update once with IE, and a second time while visiting that link with Firefox or Opera (the non-IE installer is designed to update Mozilla-based browsers).

Note also that Adobe’s installer typically pre-checks some third party software — such as Google Toolbar or a trial of some anti-virus product — so if you don’t want these “extras,” make sure to uncheck that option before agreeing to install the update.

The security update for Air brings that software to version, available here. More detail about the vulnerabilities fixed in this update is available from the Adobe advisory, which is here.

Adobe today also issued an advisory saying that we can also expect another update bundle for its PDF Reader and Acrobat applications. The company said it plans to issue security updates for those programs next Tuesday, Feb. 16.

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