Adobe Systems reported this week that Flash player users may leave their system open to vulnerabilities if they do not immediately update the player, reported ArsTechnica.
Here’s how the malware works: A weakness in the Flash player allows hackers to implant websites with a malicious code. Then, people with vulnerable computers access those websites. This allows hackers to install backdoors that can be used to steal passwords, monitor keystrokes, and infect systems with more malware. Eventually, attackers could take control of the entire system and corrupt the memory on that computer.
The problem affects computers using Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows 8.1 and below, according to this Adobe security advisory. Users with automatic Flash updates began receiving the latest version on January 24th and users with manual updates can receive the latest version here.
Users can also protect themselves by enabling the click to play feature in browsers which stops the Flash player from running without consent, according to PCWorld.
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