Adobe has pushed out an updated version of Flash Player that resolves a total of 79 security flaws in its last security update of the year.
The release addresses critical vulnerabilities that could potentially give an attacker the ability to take control of an affected system, according to Adobe.
The mammoth list of updates (CVE-2015-8045 through to CVE-2015-8457) impacts all computer systems and fixes problems including stack overflow vulnerabilities, memory corruption flaws and buffer overflow issues, all of which can lead to remote code execution.
The update brings Flash to version 126.96.36.199 for Internet Explorer (IE) and Chrome on Windows and Mac computers and 188.8.131.52 for versions of Firefox and Safari.
AIR Desktop Runtime, AIR SDK, AIR SDK & Compiler and AIR for Android are also updated to Flash version 184.108.40.206 for Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS in the latest release.
Users of Flash Player 11.2 or later for Windows or Flash Player 11.3 or later for Macintosh, who have selected the option to 'Allow Adobe to install updates', will receive the update automatically, Adobe stated in its notes.
Users who do not have the 'Allow Adobe to install updates' option enabled can install the update via the update mechanism within the product when prompted. It is highly advised that users update their systems in order to stay protected against hackers and cyber criminals.
Adobe said a number of firms had helped to find the numerous security gaps in the much-maligned Flash software, including Google's Project Zero, Palo Alto Networks and HP's Zero Day Initiative.
Following the release, Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at Qualys, said: "All but three of the vulnerabilities could be used by an attacker to gain code execution running under the user in the browser.
"Flash-based attacks have been a favourite for attackers this year with many exploit kits providing very up-to-date exploits - include this in your high priority items."
The update comes at the same time Microsoft issued its final update of 2015 that took the total number of patches for the year to 135, far in excess of the total from 2014, partly caused by the release of major news tools, specifically Windows 10.
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