Posts Tagged: Flash Player

Sep 10

Security Fix for Critical Adobe Flash Flaw

Adobe Systems Inc. today rushed out a software update to remedy a dangerous security hole in its ubiquitous Flash Player that hackers have been exploiting to break into vulnerable systems.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris update to Adobe Flash Player, and users of Adobe Flash Player for Android update to Adobe Flash Player Updates are available from this link.

Adobe’s advisory on this flaw is here. The same security vulnerability also exists in the latest versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat, although Adobe says it doesn’t plan to fix this vulnerability in those products until the week of Oct. 4.

Note that if you use both Internet Explorer and non-IE browsers, you’re going to need to apply this update at least twice, once by visiting the Flash Player installation page with IE and then again with Firefox, Opera or Safari. Google Chrome users can update to Chrome 6.0.472.62 to grab this latest Flash update. To check which version of Flash you have installed, visit this link.

Also, unless you want some “free” software — like McAfee Security Scan or whatever browser toolbar Adobe is bundling with Flash player this month — remember to uncheck that option before you agree to download the software.

Aug 10

Critical Updates for Windows, Flash Player

Microsoft issued a record number of software updates today, releasing 14 update bundles to plug at least 34 security holes in its Windows operating system and other software. More than a third of flaws earned a “critical” severity rating, Microsoft’s most serious. Separately, Adobe released an update for its Flash Player that fixes a half-dozen security bugs.

Microsoft tries to further emphasize which critical patches should be applied first, and it does this largely by assessing which of the flaws appear to be the easiest and most reliable to attack. According to an analysis posted on the Microsoft Security Response Center blog, the most dangerous of the critical flaws patched this month involve media file format and Office bugs.

Specifically, Microsoft pointed out a critical flaw in Microsoft Silverlight and its .NET Framework, as well as bugs in the Microsoft MPEG-Layer 3 and Cinepak codecs. All of these media format vulnerabilities are critical and could be exploited merely by loading a tainted media file, either locally or via a Web browser, Redmond said.

The software giant also urged customers to quickly deploy a patch that fixes at least four vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office, the most severe of which could lead to users infecting their PCs with malware simply by opening or viewing a specially-crafted e-mail.

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