Adobe tells Windows and Mac users to install critical security updates for Flash and AIR

Adobe patches Flash and AIRIt wasn’t just Microsoft that pushed out critical security updates yesterday. Adobe also issued critical security updates for its Flash Player and AIR products, impacting many Windows and Mac users.

In fact, computer users should be getting used to security updates for Adobe Flash by now – after all, this is the fourth in as many weeks.

The latest Flash Player update from Adobe fixes four security vulnerabilities.

Although the security holes could, potentially, be exploited by a malicious hacker to hijack computers evidence hasn’t yet been seen that these vulnerabilities are being exploited in real-world attacks.

However, because of the growing prevalence of Flash-based malware attacks, the advice from SophosLabs is to apply these security patches as soon as possible.

In addition, a security update for Adobe AIR has also been made available – you can download that from the AIR download webpage and Adobe’s AIR SDK webpage.

It can be tricky keeping up-to-date with the latest version numbers of Adobe products, so here’s a handy chart showing you (at the time of writing!) the latest versions of Flash and AIR, to help you confirm that your systems are updated:

Product Updated version Platform
Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.180 Windows
  11.6.602.180 Macintosh Linux Android 4.x Android 3.x and 2.x
Adobe AIR Windows, Macintosh,
Android and SDK & Compiler (includes AIR for iOS)

You can tell whether yoru computer has Flash installed, and which version you are running, by visiting a page on the Adobe website.

Users of Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 should find that Adobe Flash is automatically updated.