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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 The Raven on 6/7/2010 10:44:15 AM , Rating: 2
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If apple would allow people to build applications on their hardware maybe that technology be it flash/silverlight/air/ect then they are less control the direction of the platform. They are going to infuriate users if they change the platform in such a way that breaks their exiting apps/content. This is in essence what happened when microsoft went to windows vista.


Although I agree with your main point (advantages to Apple strategy), you cite the 'openess' of MS as the reason for Vista's failure when XP did the same thing and was sucessful for it. XP wouldn't be as sucessful if MS made it so limited software was available for it. They made sure apps were available for it and the success followed.

Look at the iPhone itself. Apple made it so that it was easy to make apps for the phone. In that way, it is open, and the openess brought it success. Now they are saying no to Flash and that is the opposite of what brought them success from this point of view anyway. The quality aspect is another story, but that is why it is a bit controversial.


"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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