Adobe warns of critical security hole “on all platforms”

By on March 15, 2011
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Will only fix it next week.

Adobe has issued a warning, effectively to the entire Internet, that a security hole has been found in a number of version of Flash on all platforms – that includes Windows, Mac, Android and whoever else who doesn’t refuse to support the platform.

“A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.2.152.33 and earlier versions (Adobe Flash Player 10.2.154.18 and earlier for Chrome users) for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems, Adobe Flash Player 10.1.106.16 and earlier versions for Android, and the Authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.1) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions of Reader and Acrobat for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

This vulnerability (CVE-2011-0609) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment. At this time, Adobe is not aware of attacks targeting Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Adobe Reader X Protected Mode mitigations would prevent an exploit of this kind from executing.”

As usual, even in these pressing times, Adobe will still choose to follow its release schedule, and will only allow a fix to be rolled on March 21. Fix for Adobe Reader will come on June 14, 2011 since the company believes the application’s Protected Mode will hold fort till then.


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