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Adobe Flash Player 6 users ‘must update now’

In a security advisory, Microsoft acknowledged that Adobe Flash Player 6 contains numerous vulnerabilities. Flash Player 6 is the version of Adobe’s software that Microsoft includes in Windows XP, even in the copies it continues to sell to computer makers, who offer the eight-year-old operating system on netbooks, laptops and some desktop PCs. Only Windows XP is affected by Microsoft’s old Flash Player gaffe. Newer versions of Windows include newer editions of Flash Player. Microsoft recommended that users either uninstall Flash Player 6 on Windows XP – a move that could cripple browsing, since much of the content on the web is Flash-based – or update to a new version of Flash.” The current version of Flash Player is, which can be downloaded from Adobe’s site. Windows XP users who’ve regularly updated Flash Player on their PCs have little or nothing to worry about. Users can find out what version of Flash they’re using by heading to Adobe detection page.

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