Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, MacOS X & Linux (April 8 2016) ; update ASAP or remove if not needed

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Adobe Flash has a security update. According to the Adobe security bulletin dated April 7 2016:

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS.  These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2016-1019 is being actively exploited on systems running Windows 10 and earlier with Flash Player version and earlier.  Please refer to APSA16-01 for details.

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 and Mac OS X to version

To determine what version of the Adobe Flash player you have on your Windows, Macintosh or Linux system, visit

To download an offline version of Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux without any adware or bundled third-party offers, visit

(Sadly, Adobe will be removing page mid 2016 which will make it harder to get an ad-free installer. Another incentive to uninstall Flash?)

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.

For Internet Explorer v10 and Internet Explorer v11 (for users for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8), these browsers have Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update their Internet Explorer browser versions.

For Microsoft Edge, the default browser in Windows 10, this browser has Adobe Flash Player built in and users should update their Edge browser.

Google Chrome browser users has Adobe Flash Player built-in and users should update the Google Chrome browser to the latest version.
See on how to do so.