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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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RE: security issues aside...
By QueBert on 6/9/2010 5:10:37 AM , Rating: 1
I have 100 free applications on my iPod Touch. Apple made nothing off me for these as they were... free. Control? sure Steve wants that. But with so many FREE apps in the app store you can't possibly think his only motive is to sell us shit. If that was the case he's doing a PISS POOR job, because I honestly would have paid a buck or 2 for most of these 100 apps I got for FREE. As for them picking and choosing what I can install from the app store, I'm okay with that. I haven't had a single program crash my iPod Touch ever. On the flip my Motorola Q (WinMo 6) had to be hard reset because of apps I installed that had no testing/screening process.

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