While the world is paying all attention to the battle between Obama and Romney on 2012 Election Day, Adobe has quietly released new security updates for its vulnerable Adobe Flash Player. The security updates covers five bugs of Adobe Flash Player running in different platforms like Windows, Macintosh, Linxu and Android and two bugs of Adobe AIR designed for Windows and Macintosh or SDK and Android. With the new updates, users can not only free from the irritation brought by the easily crashed Flash Player but also make sure their systems can stay away from the potential danger of being controlled by hackers.
Generally speaking, users can get the new security updates by downloading the latest version of Adobe Flash Player from Adobe Flash Player Download Center. However, the method won’t work for IE 10 and Chrome users. Functioned as plug-in in IE 10 and latest Chrome, Adobe Flash Player can’t benefit from security updates sent by Adobe. Only when official updates from Microsoft and Google are released can IE 10 users can Chrome users have their Flash Player updated. This also explains why Microsoft fixed the Flash Player bugs with Adobe in October. In general, IE 10 users can get the updates via Windows Update or by installing the latest version of IE 10. However, Chrome users have no choice but wait some time for the coming of the latest version of Chrome.
According to the news released by Adobe, different systems require the installation of different versions of Adobe Flash Player to enjoy the latest security updates. While Adobe Flash Player has added support to Android systems ranging from Android 2.2 to Android 4.0, Adobe has also added address to Android 4.0, the dividing line for the cooperation between Android and Adobe Flash Player. Users with ICS devices need to install Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 while users with mobiles running Android system below 4.0 are required to install Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124. However, Adobe also notes that the updates can only applicable to Android devices with Flash Player installed prior to August 15, 2012, the date when Adobe Flash Player retreated from Android market.
According to some reports, the security updates are released to solve Adobe Flash vulnerabilities may lead to buffer overflow, memory corruption or even security bypass. As is known to most users, buffer overflow provides easy chances for hackers to take control of users’ system; memory corruption will lead to the crash of the program or even the system and security bypass may invalidate security measures like password protection. In fact, the vulnerable design is system is one of the reasons that lead to the fall of Adobe Flash Player. Though releasing bug-fixing plans for Adobe Flash Player on 2012 Presidential Election Day is viewed as Adobe’s celebrating method by some people, it may just be a coincident. After all, the later the security updates Adobe releases, the more dangers user’s computer gets.