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Emergency security update for Adobe Flash Player released

Yesterday, May 4, 2012, Adobe released an update to all versions of their Flash Player. The exploits targets Internet Explorer on Windows and tries to trick users into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email.

Adobe recommends that all users update their Flash Player to the most recent version. The newest version can be downloaded from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center. Adobe also indicates, “Windows users of Flash Player 11.2.x who have selected the silent update option will receive the update automatically.”

If you are not sure which version of the Adobe Flash Player you have, access the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe (or Macromedia) Flash Player" from the menu. If you use multiple browsers and do not have silent update on, be sure to check the Flash version on each.


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For users who have not installed Adobe Flash Player and rely on Google Chrome to deliver Flash rendering, no action is necessary as Chrome was updated automatically. This should not be confused with Flash Player for Android. An update is still needed there, so make sure the app is updated appropriately.

In the acknowledgement section of their security bulletin, Adobe thanked Microsoft Vulnerability Research (MSVR) for reporting the issue.
As with all of these updates, it is not geographic in nature, so whether you are in the Nashville area, or across the pond, update your Adobe Flash Player today.

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