Windows XP SP3 Includes Vulnerable Flash Player
Wondering another bug? LOL, yeah! Windows XP Service Pack 3 seems to be a never ending portal of bugs. A new bug again, this is simply crazy! One bug ends and the other begins. Previously, the reboot problems were enough for the AMD users, and Microsoft had no idea how to get rid of it, until HP came out with the fix. Phew! Now let’s begin with the latest bug that has been found in SP3.
It’s been reported that Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ships with an out-of-date version of Adobe’s Flash Player that’s vulnerable to recently-spotted attacks, according to Microsoft’s support documentation. Windows XP SP3 includes Flash Player 18.104.22.168, a version released by Adobe Systems Inc. in December 2007, and was superseded by Version 22.214.171.124 on April 8, nearly two weeks before Microsoft decided SP3 was done by giving it a release to manufacturing (RTM) label and sending it out for distribution.
It has been confirmed by Adobe, that the version 126.96.36.199, included in Windows XP SP3, is vulnerable to the ongoing attacks, which have originated from Chinese servers. Users have been attacked after visiting legitimate web sites that had been hacked using now-common SQL-injection attacks.
If you would like to check what Flash Player you have on your computer, open this Adobe page in your browser. It is recommended that all users should now upgrade to the version 188.8.131.52.
I’m glad that I still haven’t installed SP3 and my SP2 is running just fine and smooth on Windows XP. From now on, I’m never going to try out any major patches by Microsoft, at least not in the initial six months! I love my computer, and don’t want to get hacked!