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Exploit attacks Flash Player 9 and 10 as well as Reader/Acrobat 9.x

Steve Jobs has been on a crusade against Adobe Flash for quite sometime citing issues with performance, stability, and security. Today, Adobe is fueling Jobs' concerns and likely giving the Apple CEO fodder for his WWDC keynote which is coming up on Monday.

According to Adobe, there is a critical vulnerability in versions of Flash Player (Windows, OS X, Linux, Solaris) and Reader/Acrobat 9.x (Windows, OS X, UNIX). The exploit allow a hacker to gain control over an affected system.

Even more troubling is that Adobe says that it currently doesn't have a fix and "there are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild."

Adobe says that the following versions of its products are affected:

  • Adobe Flash Player, 9.0.262, and earlier 10.0.x and 9.0.x versions
  • Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.3.2 and earlier 9.x versions

It should be noted however, that the current Release Candidate version of Flash Player 10.1 "does not appear to be vulnerable" to this exploit and Adobe Reader/Acrobat 8.x are also safe.

You can view Adobe's full advisory on the exploit here which also details steps to minimize the impact of the exploit with Reader/Acrobat 9.x.

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By FaaR on 6/6/2010 12:09:56 AM , Rating: 2
...Because it's so hard to just click a link?

Sheesh. You young people, in my day if we wanted information we had to WALK TO THE LIBRARY!!! ...Uphill! Both ways!

By PerfectAgent007 on 6/6/2010 1:41:22 AM , Rating: 2

By cscpianoman on 6/6/2010 8:18:14 AM , Rating: 2
Carrying your two younger cousins on your back.

By Anoxanmore on 6/7/2010 10:24:54 AM , Rating: 2

By Joz on 6/7/2010 10:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
And a sanwdich and Supperman comic book was only 25 cents, total! Young whipersnappers!

By afkrotch on 6/7/2010 10:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
and the roads weren't paved back then.

"Game reviewers fought each other to write the most glowing coverage possible for the powerhouse Sony, MS systems. Reviewers flipped coins to see who would review the Nintendo Wii. The losers got stuck with the job." -- Andy Marken
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