Spoiler Alert: Potential Security Flaw in Adobe Flash

The game of internet vulnerability-security leapfrog continues, this time involving Adobe’s Flash multimedia player. A flaw in Flash that recently came to light could allow potential hackers to exploit the software to steal login credentials on some websites. The potentially vulnerable sites—including popular social media sites like Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter—have worked to put new safeguards in place.

Apple’s security now blocks versions of Flash earlier than the most recent one (14.0.0.145) from even running on their machines. In addition, Adobe has released a critical update of the Flash player in response to the security threat. If you are running an older machine, there is also an update to previous versions of Flash (13.0.0.231). Check to see if you have the latest version on Adobe’s site.

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Posted on: July 22, 2014

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for an unbelievable 30 years! She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular presence at CreativePro Week’s PePcon and InDesign Conferences, and has spoken at ebookcraft in Canada and Making Design in Norway. You can find Erica’s online tutorials at CreativeLive and through her YouTube channel. When she isn’t at her computer, she can be found exploring her new homebase of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest.

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