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After patching one of the Flash zero-day security flaws last week, Adobe has finally issued a patch for the second zero-day flaw that could let attackers take over your computer.

Adobe’s Flash has grown to be everything from a way to deliver web sites, web applications, games, ad display system and much more - while disappearing on mobile devices. 

It has grown so much over the years, despite its lack of usage on smartphones and non Windows tablets, that it has been the subject of many attacks, as malware writers try getting into your computer via the programs loaded onto it, rather than zero-day flaws in the operating system itself.

We covered the latest zero-days for Flash in our earlier article, which noted the flaw affected Adobe Flash in Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows 8.1 down, but didn’t seem to affect Chrome. 

This article also noted that both Trend Micro and MalwareBytes Anti-Malware were able to protect end-users from this threat despite no Adobe Flash patches at that time - which makes you wonder why Microsoft can’t deliver this level of protection and whether it will be able to do it with its Windows 10 ‘Windows as a Service’ system later this year.

While the Mac and Linux versions were also said to be vulnerable, there were no reports of active attacks against those platforms.

Nevertheless, Adobe has now made both patches and automatic updates to Flash available.

You can download the full official patched Adobe Flash installation, version 16.0.0.296 for Windows and Mac or version 11.2.202.440 for Linux here at Adobe’s site, read the technical bulletin details here or check your Adobe Flash control panel icon to see if the latest version is installed or to install it manually.

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