Adobe has released an emergency software patch for its Flash system after it found a serious vulnerability that was being exploited by hackers.

The company has stated that it has had evidence of “limited, targeted attacks” and urged users to update their software straight away.

Affecting Microsoft, Macintosh and Linux Adobeplatforms, the company’s security bulletin stated that the “updates address a critical vulnerability (CVE-2015-3113) that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

While Adobe acknowledges that the hackers have commonly taken advantage of the vulnerability with systems running Internet Explorer for Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP, the exploit can affect all users and they are urged to update the software as a soon as possible.

The latest version is 18.0.0.194 and users can check if their software is up to date by visiting the Adobe website.

Mark James, a security specialist from ESET told the BBC: “Since Flash is such a widely used plug-in, it stands to reason that it will be one of the most targeted apps for vulnerability. If you want to affect as many people as possible, then you need an application that a lot of users use, and Flash is one of them.”

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