“Adobe has issued Flash Player security updates for OS X, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS to address “critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system” by way of ransomware,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.
“In this particular “CERBER” attack (via Reuters), affecting Flash-based advertisements, attackers have reportedly demanded between around $500 and $1,000, to retrieve the encrypted files,” Rossignol reports. “Adobe says it is aware of Windows 10 being ‘actively exploited’ by this attack, but it is unclear if any Macs have actually been victimized.”
“Adobe recommends that Flash Player users on Mac update to version 188.8.131.52 through the update mechanism within the software when prompted, or by visiting the <a href="https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/" target="_new"Adobe Flash Player Download Center,” Rossignol reports. “Adobe Flash Player installations within Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer for Windows 8.1 or later should be automatically updated with the latest version of each browser.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Flash must die.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “MacPatty” for the heads up.]