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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 10.0.45.2, 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 cmdrdredd on 6/6/2010 12:02:43 PM , Rating: 2
If Apple allowed Flash I'd own an iPad right now. Since they don't support it, I'm waiting for the Asus or similar.


By indignation on 6/6/2010 12:19:11 PM , Rating: 2
When someone jailbreaks the iPad, you may have both


By InsaneScientist on 6/6/2010 11:07:34 PM , Rating: 2
Two things:
First: the iPad already is jailbroken (spiritjb.com)
Second: flash support even on the jailbroken iPhone is lousy at best, even after having been jailbroken for years... so I doubt that the iPad is going to get decent flash support any time soon. :(


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