Adobe yesterday released an update which fixes half a dozen flaws in its ubiquitous Flash Player 9 browser plug-in. The flaws, reported earlier this week, could allow criminal hackers to break into users’ computers and use them, clandestinely, as platforms to broadcast spam or take over other computers.

As ZDNet’s Ryan Naraine reports, the patch specifically applies to Flash Player on all platforms and is rated ‘critical’ by Adobe. However, any version of Flash Player below will be vulnerable to the flaws.

Adobe has created a Web page to help you determine the version of Flash player currently installed on the computer you use to visit the site. There’s also a link to the Player Download Centre, where you can upgrade from any earlier version of the Flash Player to the current version (

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