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I am an Ubuntu newbie and I installed Ubuntu Desktop 12.04, 64 bit. As I noticed the Firefox is the actual version, but the Adobe Flashplayer was the 11.2 version which has, I guess, some security problems?

I was connected to the Internet for several days before I noticed that the Flashplayer is 11.2.

My question is - is there any chance of my PC being infected now? Can BIOS be infected, or if I format the HD and install Ubuntu again everything will be fine?

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11.2 is just the major version. The actual current version is 11.2.202.297 and that is a maintenance release for 11.2, released in July 2013, including the same fixes that the 11.8 major version received.

From Adobe:

Flash Player 11.2 is the last supported Flash Player version for Linux OS. Adobe will continue to provide security updates.

I'm not sure how long that will continue but they still maintain a 10.something extended support release, so we're hopefully good for a few years yet.

Ignore Mozilla Plugincheck. It doesn't know what it's talking about.

  • Yes, I am running the 11.2.202.297 version. But was it possiple for me to get infected when I surfed the internet using firefox for several days? I read that it is possible for a website to run some code on my pc using this version of flash player. – Barbara Aug 29 '13 at 10:45
  • That's my point - you're using a version of Flash that is updated with the latest security patches. I won't say your computer is invulnerable but you are no more vulnerable through Flash than somebody using the latest 11.8 version. – Oli Aug 29 '13 at 10:51
  • Hello Oli, thank you for the reply. There is an option in firefox to check if the versions of the add-ons are actual, I did it and it says that flash player must be updated. I really don't know what to do... or how to check if I am potentially disposed to a virus attack? – Barbara Aug 29 '13 at 10:59
  • @Barbara Edited. – Oli Aug 29 '13 at 12:07

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