There have been a lot of security threats attacking Flash Player users. The latest attack is a ransomware called BadRabbit. This threat infected networks from different companies and infrastructures in the world. There were reports of countries that have been hit worse: Ukraine and Russia, and some minor threats were found in Asia-Pacific, Japan and South Korea.
BadRabbit made its way into a computer through a fake version of Adobe Flash Player which noticed the user of an update that he had to download. When the file got downloaded and executed by the user, it would start encrypting files on that device and compromise them until the user paid a ransom for them through Bitcoin currency.
Keep Adobe Flash Player Updated, But Get Them from the Official Adobe or Microsoft Web Pages
This ransomware wouldn’t have been a threat if users were more aware of the state of their plug-ins and when they need to be updated. The user should update all plug-ins from the official website. Adobe is constantly launching public updates to improve security and they are all available in the Microsoft Update Catalogue, where you can manually download and update them.
The KB4049179 patch is compatible with a lot of Windows OS versions: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 Versions 1607 and 1703, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1, and most notably with the latest Windows 10 version – the Fall Creators Update.
There is another great fix in this patch, except from improved security: it’s a fix for audio, which in an earlier version it would switch to headset mode when a user would start playing Flash content in two browsers – Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge.
You can also get the KB4049179 patch update from the Windows Update, or check if it was automatically updated from there.