A New Velnerability Has Been Found in Adobe Flash Player
Symantec has confirmed the existence of the zero-day flaw in Adobe Flash that could allow hackers to take full control of your computer
The vulnerability in the Adobe flash player affects all major web browsers, including Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Google’s Chrome, Mozilla’s Firefox as well as Apple’s Safari.
So far researchers have not spotted any attacks in the wild exploiting this zero-day flaw. However, since details of the vulnerability are now made publicly available, it is likely cybercriminals will quickly try to exploit the flaw before a patch is issued.
Therefore, users who are concerned about the issue can temporarily disable the Adobe Flash Player in their browser until the company patches the zero-day flaw.
If you are concerned about this issue can temporarily disable Adobe Flash in the browser by taking the following steps:
Internet Explorer versions 10 and 11
- Open Internet Explorer
- Click on the “Tools” menu, and then click “Manage add-ons”
- Under “Show”, select “All add-ons”
- Select “Shockwave Flash Object” and then click on the “Disable” button
- You can re-enable Adobe Flash by repeating the same process, selecting “Shockwave Flash Object” and then clicking on the “Enable” button.
- Guidance for users of earlier versions of Internet Explorer is available on the Microsoft website. Select the version of Internet Explorer you are using at the top right corner.
- Open Firefox
- Open the browser menu and click “Add-ons”
- Select the “Plugins” tab
- Select “Shockwave Flash” and click “Disable”
- You can re-enable Flash by repeating the same process, selecting “Shockwave Flash” and then clicking on the “Enable” button.
- Type “chrome:plugins” in the address bar to open the page
- On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the “Flash” listing
- To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the “ link under its name
- To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the “ link under its name