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Remove Or Update Flash From Your System Now

By June 21, 2016May 25th, 2021Blog, Technology News

remove_or_update_flash_from_your_system_nowAnother month, another Flash vulnerability. This time, it’s designated as CVE-2016-4171 (details here: https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsa16-03.html ). This is yet another critical vulnerability, identified by Kaspersky Labs. So far, this hack has been spotted in the wild, being used in limited, targeted attacks. If successful, a hacker can crash your system, then take control over it when you reboot.

Kaspersky Labs researchers Ivanov and Raiu got wind of an APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) Group using the exploit in a series of attacks dubbed “Operation Daybreak.” The hackers’ end game is not known at this time, but the attacks are succeeding. Until Adobe releases the patch for this exploit, you’re better off simply uninstalling it from all computers and handheld devices attaching to your network.

In fact, given the long and growing list of critical security flaws that have been unveiled in recent months, a compelling business case can be made for simply moving away from Flash altogether. While it’s true that Flash is not the software most commonly exploited by the hacking community (that honor goes to Java, which is targeted in 14% of all hacking attacks, versus 4% for Flash), it’s also true that the sheer number of critical vulnerabilities in Flash makes it low hanging fruit. Even a novice hacker with a limited tool set can breach your system.

Some of your business functions may rely on Flash, and if this is the case, the core question is: How important are they? Are those functions important enough to risk a breach over? If not, how quickly can you migrate away from Flash to something more secure?

All of these are critical questions, and if you’re not 100% certain of the answers, contact us today. One of our talented experts can assess your current situation and needs, and help you begin the process of migrating away from an application that is currently posing a direct threat to your bottom line.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.