Adobe patches active Flash exploit from Hacking Team breach, update ASAP

By Shawn Knight
Jul 8, 2015
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  1. Adobe has released a patch for a previously unknown Flash vulnerability that surfaced earlier this week as part of a massive 400GB data dump that hit the web following the hack of the Hacking Team.

    The vulnerability, labeled CVE-2015-5119, affects Adobe Flash Player versions and earlier on Windows, Mac and Linux. The company says a successful exploitation could crash a system and potentially allow an attacker to gain control of a machine.

    Flash vulnerabilities aren’t anything new but what makes this particular instance so concerning is that it’s already being used in the wild. Malwarebytes said it first noticed it being used around 3pm yesterday and that it is one of the fastest documented cases of an “immediate weaponization” in the wild. That's likely because there were detailed instructions on its usage in the Hacking Team file dump.

    To check the version of Flash running on your system, you can visit the About Flash Player page or right-click on content running in Flash and select “About Adobe Flash Player.” Those running multiple browsers will of course need to check each one.

    You can grab the latest version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows by clicking here. If you need the Mac version, I can be downloaded here while the Linux variant can be found here. It’s advised that you patch up ASAP or even uninstall Flash completely.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,525   +828

    Let flash die. how many updates is this in the last few months?
    Darth Shiv, MID.AS and bea108 like this.
  3. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 814   +382

    Who can help do I uninstall flash from FF & Chrome?
  4. noel24

    noel24 TS Maniac Posts: 299   +152

    This thing is so broken that regulators should ban it and punish Adobe with some hefty fine that will send it to oblivion.
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  5. Runt1me

    Runt1me TS Rookie Posts: 30

  6. We should ban this product. Their update mechanism is also bad. Imagine the elderly or your parents using a computer.
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  7. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,322   +263

    Ugh... so many computers to update. D:
  8. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 344   +101

    Do keep in mind sites like Twitch still use Flash, they switched their chat recently to HTML5. YouTube is all HTML5 but of course, they had this likely ready to roll out after a lot of tedious work.
  9. bea108

    bea108 TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +9

    Got rid of it a month ago, don't miss it and have had no issues with any sites.
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  10. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,601   +370

    It's time to do what we should have done a *long* time ago and uninstall flash from all devices. Steve Jobs saw this needed to be done. Time we accepted it's too much of a burden.
  11. Jason C

    Jason C TS Rookie

    Every week Flash needs to download an update. everyone should start using HTML5 and dump flash like Apple did!
    Darth Shiv likes this.

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