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Download this Adobe Flash update now, and other news for Feb. 5, 2014

Adobe has released a "critical" update for Flash that addresses a zero day exploit that allows hackers to gain complete control of a Mac or Windows system. And people wonder why Steve Jobs and Apple disliked Adobe Flash so much? In a security bulletin Adobe posted online, it said:

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.43 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.335 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address a critical vulnerability that could potentially allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system.

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists in the wild, and recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions.

Mac users can check what version of Adobe Flash is running on their system by using this tool. The current, secure version (as of the time of this writing) is 12.0.0.44. Older versions put your system at risk. Users can manually download the latest version of Flash here.

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