Adobe Systems has once again rushed out an emergency patch to plug a security hole in its widely-installed Flash Player software, warning that the vulnerability is already being exploited in the wild using various active attacks.
In an , the software maker said it is aware of reports that the vulnerability is being actively exploited on systems running Windows 7 and Windows XP with Flash Player version 126.96.36.1996 and earlier.
Adobe said additional security protections built into all versions of Flash including 188.8.131.52 and newer should block this flaw from being exploited. But even if you’re running one of the newer versions of Flash with the additional protections, you should update, hobble or remove Flash as soon as possible.
The smartest option is probably to ditch the program once and for all and significantly increase the security of your system in the process. I’ve got more on that approach (as well as slightly less radical solutions ) in A Month Without Adobe Flash Player.
Additional reading on this vulnerability:
Kafeine‘s on active exploitation of the bug.
on evidence that thieves have been using this flaw in automated attacks since at least March 31, 2016.