If your Windows or Mac computer uses the Adobe Shockwave Player, it’s time to update your systems.
Adobe has issued an advisory, warning of a number of security vulnerabilities in its Shockwave media player software, and is urging users to update to Adobe Shockwave Player 22.214.171.1248.
According to the firm, the update addresses vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to run malicious code on affected systems. Specifically, it addresses buffer overflow and array out of bounds vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution.
In plain English, unless you are up-to-date with your patches boobytrapped Shockwave content could infect your computer with a Trojan horse or other form of malware.
Adobe recommends that users of Adobe Shockwave Player 126.96.36.1997 and earlier update to the new version 188.8.131.528 immediately. It’s available from Adobe’s website at get.adobe.com/shockwave/.
Note that Adobe Shockwave is a different technology from the more commonly encountered Flash software from the same company.
Many users may not have any requirement for Shockwave. You can check if your computer currently has Shockwave installed by visiting this page on the Adobe website.