Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Acrobat
According to Adobe’s security bulletin dated April 11 2017
“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system…Adobe recommends users update their software installations to the latest versions.”
Adobe Reader is widely used to view PDFs whereas Acrobat is used to create PDFs.
Read the Adobe Security Bulletin at https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb17-11.html to learn how to update Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat.
Adobe Flash Player
According to the Adobe security bulletin dated April 11 2017 :
“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”
Many conferencing solutions (like Adobe Connect) and Flash games use the Flash plugin. So if you have Adobe Flash installed, UPDATE ASAP!
However, consider uninstalling Flash if you’re not using it. If you were only using Adobe Flash to watch YouTube videos, YouTube now defaults to HTML5 instead of Adobe Flash for playing videos in Google Chrome, IE 11, Apple Safari 8 and Mozilla Firefox. So you can uninstall Adobe Flash if you are using these browsers (and not worry about keeping Adobe Flash up to date).
The latest update bumps the latest version of Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Mac OS X to version 188.8.131.52
To determine what version of the Adobe Flash player you have on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux system, visit
Windows users should take note that
- the Flash Player in Microsoft Internet Explorer v9 and earlier versions of Internet Explorer,
- the Flash player in web browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
- the Flash player in web browsers in Chromium and Opera.
are separate installs. You should install and update versions of Adobe Flash for ALL three browser variations if you have all three browsers installed.
Several browsers such as
- Google Chrome for Windows, Mac OS and Linux
- Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11 for Windows
- Microsoft Edge for Windows 10
has Adobe Flash built-in and users should update their browsers to update the Flash version in these browsers.