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DSD….Adobe Flash vulnerabilities…..

Adobe’s Flash software has become a favourite among hi-tech criminals……

Adobe has fixed a “critical” security flaw that had the potential to allow hackers to take control of affected computer systems.

The bug was first spotted in early June week following a small number of targeted attacks.

The security update is one in a bumper update package that fixes a total of 32 documented vulnerabilities.

Adobe’s Flash and Reader software have emerged as prime targets for hi-tech criminals in the past year.

Users running Windows, Macintosh or Linux were all thought to be vulnerable to attack.

Security firm Websense said the flaw was being exploited via e-mails that prompted recipients to open booby-trapped websites seeded with malware.

Users visiting the websites would have their computers infected with trojans and other malicious programs that opened a backdoor into the machine.

Adobe urged users to apply the update as soon as possible.

Adobe said it would release an update at the end of June for its Reader and Acrobat programs which addresses a similar bug that makes it possible to booby-trap PDFs.

Adobe is reportedly considering patching its applications more frequently after a quarterly update cycle for its Acrobat and Reader programmes last year.

In 2009, Adobe announced an aggressive programme to beef up security after hackers increasingly focused on finding holes in its products.

‘Huge release’

The security update came in the release of version 10.1 of the Flash player.

“Don’t let the version number fool you! Flash Player 10.1 is more than a ‘dot upgrade’,” said Paul Betlem of Adobe’s Flash Player engineering team.

Mr Betlem said the update was a “monumental undertaking” that made significant changes to the architecture of the software.

Adobe estimates that more than 95% of computers worldwide have Flash Player installed. Many sites use it to show off multimedia content such as videos and games.

Wired called the latest release “significant” and said the underlying code has been largely re-written to address the platform’s key shortcomings, most notably battery problems and security issues….

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I disabled that annoying Adobe Updater (anyone know how to do the same for the Apple Updater ?) because its scans would slow my startups (reboots) to a crawl for non-urgent reasons, but apparently Flash 10.1 is something we all need ASAP. I’ll check the specific update, but you can always go to http://www.adobe.com

Weren’t things so much easier when Flash was still owned by Macromedia?
is something we all need ASAP.

Here’s one link: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Note..Steve Jobs has banned Adobe from the new  Apple iPad……The Software ‘s days are numbered….

June 12, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Media, Other Things, Updates | , ,

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