Adobe Releases Emergency Flash Update To Avoid Attack On Macs

Apple has crippled Flashback significantly, and the number of infected users is dropping rapidly.

There’s a new trojan horse attack on Mac

We’ve been hoping for a quick and painful death to Flash for a while now. It’s been slowly coming, but we’re getting closer to the day of no longer needing the crash crazy, disease injecting plugin.

Flash is still everywhere though even if you don’t want it to be, and it’s still causing problems. Adobe announced yesterday that they’re releasing an emergency patch for Patch player to fix vulnerabilities that are being exploited to install malware on Apple’s Macintosh platform.

Ars Technica reports that both OS X and Windows are under attack in the latest Flash malware exploits, but Adobe is updating Flash for Linux and Android as well. So unless you’re running like Chrome OS or Mac OS System 9, you should probably install the flash update as soon as possible.

On the Mac side of the exploit, the attacks target Safari users and Mozilla’s Firefox – it looks like Chrome is safe right now. The vulnerability is titled CVE-2013-0634, and it’s tricking users into opening a booby-trapped Microsoft Word document that has some malicious Flash content inside to mess with your precious Mac.

The latest version of Flash for OS X, v. 11.5.502.149 will fix all known vulnerabilities. You can grab the update right here. If you’re using Flash in Chrome for Mac then it will be updated automatically.

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  • TheMacGuy

    “Adobe announced yesterday that they’re releasing an emergency patch for Patch player to fix vulnerabilities that are being exploited to install malware on Apple’s Macintosh platform.”

    Maybe they should rename it Patch Player, because those are the only kinds of updates they release.

  • lwdesign1

    OK, I’m stumped. What’s a Patch player?

  • Norbs

    Flash really needs to die… I’m really not impressed when my browser freezes for 15 seconds while it’s allowing for flash player to crash and it turns out the flash content was some ad…

  • gaz8080

    http://occupyflash.org

    I think I could live without Flash if the BBC ditched it for iPlayer

  • SevanGrim

    ugh. why do you guys keep writing these? when Flash is truly useless and flawed, it will cease to be used. but as many web designers will tell you, there are still things that Flash can do that cannot be done/done well with other means.
    any and every technology can become subject to hacking and viruses. its not Flash’s fault its one of the biggest targets out there. If people can figure out a way to jailbreak an iOS BEFORE its available, they can figure out a way to attack one of the most used programs in the world.
    just because Apple tells you flash is dumb and dead doesnt make it so. Apple told you Mac’s dont get viruses, and that wasnt true. That the iphone 4 had the perfect screen and bigger screens were stupid. iphone 5: bigger screen.
    When Flash is as bad as Apple people say it is, it will stop being used. But its not. Flash has been a universal system for years. Its not their fault that people dont want to take the time to optimize their programs or devices to run it smoothly.

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