Adobe urge Flash Player 12 update after security risk

Posted 6 Feb 2014, 17:18

The new Adobe Flash Player is used by millions of Apple and Windows devices around the world, so when a security risk is identified it should be one of the quickest updates you install on your computer and this week one such problem has arisen.

Adobe urged users to update to Flash Player 12 after discovering a security risk that could allow hackers to take control of your PC, or Mac computer when using an older version. The critical vulnerability was found on Mac, PC, and Linux computers when using the Adobe Flash Player.

The new download comes after a few setbacks over the past year and with Apple pushing alternative HTML5 solutions. This fact isn’t helped by a number of people finding security issues with Adobe Flash, which require an update to patch up loopholes.

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Adobe issued a security warning to firms with little information on exactly what went wrong, although it seems that this might be a tactic to stop hackers getting too much information while still making sure its users update to the latest version.

All we know is that Adobe lists the security fix, as a “integer underflow vulnerability” with Flash Player and the update delivers a fix in this case.

Video games and HTML5 vs. Flash – Most Apple iPad and iPhone users know that many websites still use Adobe Flash, especially with online games like Forge of Empires, so these cannot be played on mobile devices that run iOS.

There is a movement towards HTML5 for developers to create effects and in games, graphics, and videos. Google and Apple like the idea of HTML5 over Flash, which has been seen by Google’s changes with Android’s Play Store and Apple’s longterm stance with a lack of Flash support for iOS.

Do you want to see HTML5 used a lot more with desktop computers? At the time of writing, HTML5 has been supported more on mobile platforms but still lacks well behind Flash on desktop and laptop computers. It is hoped by some that this trend will change in the coming year.

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