All of us have Adobe’s Flash software installed, as it is part of the default MacOS X installation. Flash is the software your computer uses to view videos on YouTube and is what’s used to power many web applications. Adobe Air is a platform for developing rich internet applications. Adobe recently posted a security bulletin on their site explaining that the vulnerability “could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.” Unless you’ve updated your Flash and Air software since December 10th, your Mac is vulnerable.

To patch your system, head to Adobe’s site detailing the vulnerability, download the software from the Flash and Air pages, and simply run the installer.

If you do not meet the system requirements for the most modern Flash Player software (if you’re running MacOS X 10.3 or earlier), Adobe provides a patch for the legacy software.

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