Critical Vulnerability For Flash Player Users

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.

If you think your system is affected, bring it to catmandu immediately.

Android 4.2.2: A Tastier Jelly Bean

It’s a cold snowy day in West Texas and I’m waiting. Its been unusually busy and I have accomplished a lot so far (like my first corporate multi-site Google Hangout meeting) but I haven’t accomplished what I wanted – to upgrade my Nexus 7 to the latest and greatest version.

Early this morning Android 4.2.2 started to roll out to Nexus devices and should start to be pushed out by carriers in the near future. As for me, I keep waiting and checking between blog posts, phone calls and knocking things off the task list.

What does the update contain? Google states it “improves performance and stability.” – I’m looking for a few bug fixes – in particular a Bluetooth bug fix and the strange behavior when waking my device in portrait mode.

I’m waiting patiently. Not really.