Should I update Adobe Flash Player now ?

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I updated Firefox. After the update I got the following message

“You should update Adobe Flash Player right now.
Firefox is up to date, but your current version of Flash Player can cause security and stability issues. Please install the free update as soon as possible.”

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What this message means, Do I have to really update the Adobe Flash Player right now ? Basically firefox is asking you to update Flash player update as your current version of flash player has security vulnerabilities in the software. So, update it.

According to Adobe Security bulletin,

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in the current versions of Adobe Flash Player (v9.0.159.0 and v10.0.22.87) on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris OS , and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat v9.x for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX OS.. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 9.x and 10.x and earlier versions update to Adobe Flash Player 9.0.246.0 and 10.0.32.18.

Adobe Flash Player updates are available for most Flash installations on Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

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If you have Internet Explorer and Firefox, you have to update the plugin for each browser. Firefox, Safari and Opera uses same plugin but Internet Explorer has different one. Best way to do this is to go to the Adobe Flash Player download page and update the software.

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anon September 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm

but WHY? there is not even a link for a detailed explanation? what are the security vulnerabilities? will firefox crash if i don’t? There just isnt enough information to make a decision, do you agree? why does this page exist? there is no content here.

ThePicky September 12, 2009 at 2:15 pm

@anon,
Updated the post in detail with link to adobe security vulnerabilities. Thanks

Brent March 10, 2011 at 8:29 am

Since this piece of software seems to be chronically riddled with security deficiencies, perhaps we should uninstall it altogether.

Herp September 18, 2011 at 5:24 am

@Brent: Yeah, then we can view the vast amount of websites that support Silverlight.

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