• Adobe Releases Emergency Update to Resolve New Flash Exploit

    Adobe recently released a security bulletin announcing an emergency update that affects all versions of its Flash player for an exploit. Fortunately for Mac users, the exploit seems to be mainly targeting Windows PCs running Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. Adobe has given Mac users a priority rating of a "2" along with Linux and Android users (for both 4.x, 3.x, and 2.x). The Windows OS was the only platform that received a priority rating of a "1."

    The whole issue was dubbed as “object confusion vulnerability” with the bug tricking a user into opening a malicious file sent in an email message. The file can cause flash to crash, potentially giving the attacker control of the affected PC. The issue was first reported by Microsoft Vulnerability Research and the bug was found residing in Flash Player code for Windows, Mac, Linux, and even the Android platform, although Adobe is claiming that the exploit being used only targets Internet Explorer for Microsoft’s operating system. Users who installed Flash on Google Chrome are not affected as the browser is updated automatically.

    Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player," Adobe said in the bulletin. "Users of Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions on Android 4.x devices should update to Adobe Flash Player Users of Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android 3.x and earlier versions should update to Flash Player
    It should be noted that Windows users who have selected the “silent update” option will receive the update automatically and those who didn’t and are running Flash 10.3x or later for Mac must manually install the fix from within the program. To ensure and verify that the latest version of Flash is installed, a user can navigate to the “About Flash Player” page or right click on content running Flash within a webpage. An extra thing to take note here is that it is being recommended to check each browser on a given computer to make sure everything is up to date.

    Source: Adobe
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