Microsoft releases critical security update for Adobe Flash Player on Windows

Laurent Giret

As we reported yesterday, Microsoft was expected to release a security update for Adobe Flash Player on Windows this week after announcing that February’s Patch Tuesday’s updates would be delayed to next month. The patch for the built-in Flash plugin is now available to download in Windows Update, and the company explained in the changelog that it fixes a critical vulnerability issue that could allow an attacker to execute code from a remote server (via The Verge).

The update is only available on Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016, and we invite you to install it on your PC as soon as possible (be aware that you’ll have to restart your computer to complete the process). Adobe Flash Player is regular source of security issues on computers, so we’re glad that Redmond was quick to issue a patch. However, Google recently revealed another vulnerability in Windows 10 and it’s still not clear when Microsoft will fix this other issue.