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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 Luticus on 6/7/2010 10:57:38 AM , Rating: 2
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in fact most mac users would prefer bowel surgery without anaesthetic than use a windows machine but that's another story


Is that another way of saying Mac users are gay?? >;)~

Generally i don't have a problem with flash... though after i read up on this new problem with it i may be avoiding it for a while till it's resolved. personally i don't understand what the big deal is, why block flash. if your users don't like it they could just "not install it"... there's an idea!

Oh and, for the record... I'll take my Windows 7... or Linux... or Unix PC... or well anything really, over a Mac any day.


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