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Adobe issues critical Flash Player update

Published August 17th, 2012 at 7:56 AM EDT , modified August 23rd, 2012 at 11:22 AM EDT

Adobe had issued an update to their Flash Player plugin in response to a vulnerability that is being exploited “in the wild” by malware. That malware, apparently, can install as a drive-by download, thanks to a Flash Player vulnerability, in Internet Explorer on Windows. Although that malware cannot affect a Mac in any way, Mac users should install the update as soon as possible, to protect against the possibility of a future attack. Remember, once a vulnerability is publicized, hackers know exactly where to strike to affect machines that have not been updated.

You can download the update from:



  • Someone says:

    So, what does the malware do? Or do you not know? And is it therefore better to use a different browser (i.e., Firefox) on a PC?

    • Thomas says:

      I don’t know what it does, I haven’t looked into it. Although I usually recommend that people not use Internet Explorer in general, there’s no reason to switch just because of this. Just update Flash.

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  • A RN says:

    RE: Flash Player. I get a “SPINNING BEACH BALL”, while I am on the internet. It freezes my computer. Sometimes it just goes away, & at other times it kicks me off of the internet. I can relaunch the internet without losing anything. The “Report” pops-up & says”Problem may be due to Flash Player (I really forgot the numbers, think it was): Flash Player 10.1-10.4″ ! I have been scared to download anything!! I keep getting reminded to download the New Version of Flash Player. I keep just clicking “Later”. So should I update to the New Version? And will this get rid of the “Spinning Beach Ball”? Any help would be appreciated, Thank you, A RN

    • Thomas says:

      You certainly should update Flash Player, but only by visiting the link in the article above. Do not update using buttons in a window whose origin you are unsure of. As for the spinning beach ball, that’s hard to say. There could be many reasons for that, but they are outside the scope of this article. Try posting on the Apple Support Communities for assistance with that issue.

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