Adobe and Microsoft just released an update for Windows 10 fixing vulnerabilities in Microsoft Edge, a move prompted by Adobe’s discovery of a critical security issue in Adobe Flash Player on Microsoft’s browser.
Adobe released a patch for more than 20 vulnerabilities, with the update available on Windows, Mac and Linux. But since Adobe Flash Player is integrated within Microsoft Edge, Microsoft is pushing the update on its own through Windows Update for users of Edge as well as Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1.
Some browsers on Windows 10 (i.e. Chrome, IE, Microsoft Edge) will update automatically when the patch is detected, but it doesn’t hurt to check manually just to be sure. If you installed the update, your version of Adobe Flash Player should be 188.8.131.52. To check the current version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer, go to Adobe Flash Player page.
To check if you received this update, simply go to Settings app > Updates & security, and check for updates.
Adobe Flash Player is still present in Windows 10
Software companies, especially OS and browser developers, are not such big fans of Adobe’s Flash Player because of its well-known and common security vulnerabilities. HTML5 is definitely a more popular (and more secure) option. But it’s obvious not everyone agrees with this as Adobe Flash Player is still used by millions.
While we agree that using HTML5 is indeed more secure than waiting for Adobe to release patches for newly discovered security flaws in its Flash Player, there are still a lot of sites using it to display online content — most of which don’t want to or can’t abandon Adobe’s service. And while software developers may want to get rid of it, these users ultimately keep Adobe Flash Player alive.