Adobe Flash Player is one of those items of software that many people are unsure about updating. A window will appear on the desktop offering an update and it will be closed because people are not sure what Adobe Flash Player is or what it does.
Adobe Flash Player is software used to stream and view video, audio and multimedia and rich internet applications on your computer. Without it some websites you visit may not function as intended. Like all software on your computer it needs to be kept up-to-date to keep it secure.
Adobe delivers updates on the second Tuesday of every month. When critical vulnerabilities in the software are discovered though, further updates are released. These subsequent updates are often ignored as people think they have already updated and sometimes are annoyed at repeated updates. These updates are an essential part of helping to keep your machine secure.
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. These updates address a critical vulnerability (CVE-2015-3113) that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2015-3113 is being actively exploited in the wild via limited, targeted attacks. Systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and below, as well as Firefox on Windows XP, are known targets.
Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions
How can I check Adobe Flash Player is up-to-date?
Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome and Adobe Flash Player installed with Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x will automatically update to version 18.104.22.168 (the latest version as of 01 July 2015). If in any doubt, visit Adobe Flash Player help and click the “Check Now” button.