Today the news is full of scary warnings about a ZERO DAY Vulnerability in Adobe Flash. Since Farmville is played on Flash what does this mean to you? Read below for more information and tips to protect yourself.
A zero day vulnerability is a weakness in a program that hackers can exploit, and that hackers find before antivirus companies or the company that makes the software – meaning that until a fix is published those programs can be somewhat risky. Is it still safe to play Farmville? It can be, but we must pay close attention to what Adobe (the makers of flash) say in this security bulletin.
Close to the top of the bulletin, Adobe explains what the issue is and who is vulnerable.
From the bulletin
“A critical vulnerability (CVE-2015-0313) exists in Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.1686 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. We are aware of reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild via drive-by-download attacks against systems running Internet Explorer and Firefox on Windows 8.1 and below.”
They also state that they plan to release a patch this week
What can we do to keep safe until they do? Well one thing to note is that they mention reports of it being exploited on Internet Explorer and Firefox. Chrome is not mentioned. So your best bet is to use Chrome or a Chrome based browser such as Comodo Dragon or Torch to play. Important Note: There is a good chance that the reason that Chrome based browsers are NOT mentioned could be that they have their own native version of Flash, Pepperflash. Pepperflash is a more-secure sandboxed version of flash that is custom made for Chrome. This is why the Dirt Farmer advocates choices and we DO NOT suggest normally that you automatically choose Pepperflash to disable. Until such time as Adobe updates the system flash, if Pepperflash works for you, it is better to use it.
Very important reminder – while it is easy to be alarmed by zero day vulnerabilities, whether or not you are comfortable with technology normally, it is crucial not to panic. Make sure to NEVER update Flash or Java from a popup on your computer. Always go to the websites for FLASH and JAVA and update from there, making sure READ CAREFULLY and decline any bundled programs. Alternately, you can go into your computer’s control panel and update from there if you are comfortable with that. If you use PEPPERFLASH normally, that updates with the browser and you do not have to do it yourself. The reason that it is so important to never trust a pop-up is that there is a lot of MALWARE that SPOOFS known websites including these and while the pop-ups can look extremely realistic and hovering over them can even show you the real website address, they will redirect you to a copycat site and give you a virus.
If you have updated Flash or Java from a pop-up and suspect that you have a virus. Click here for instructions to remove the fake flash popup virus & here for instructions to remove the fake java popup virus.
Want to make sure you never miss the latest news from the Dirt Farmer? Join The Dirt Farmer’s Farmville News Network Group.