Updated 19 May, 2013, 10:43 am IST
Adobe patches critical loophole that let attackers control your PC
| by Anuradha Shetty |
Adobe yesterday released a security patch for a rather critical vulnerability that could allow an attacker to take control of the complete system. The security updates have been released for Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Android. Adobe states that the vulnerability is quite serious and advises users to update Flash as soon as possible.
The fixes come in the wake of reports of a vulnerability, CVE-2013-0633, being exploited. The exploit is designed to trick users into opening a Microsoft Word document that's delivered as an email attachment and contains malicious Flash (SWF) content. The exploit for the CVE-2013-0633 vulnerability targets the ActiveX version of Flash Player on Windows.
New security updates issued
Additionally, the company also knows that another vulnerability, CVE-2013-0634, is being exploited in the wild. Attacks exploiting the vulnerability are being pushed through malicious Flash (SWF) content hosted on websites that target Flash Player in Firefox or Safari on Macintosh. There have also been exploits designed to trick Windows users into opening a Microsoft Word document delivered as an email attachment which contains malicious Flash (SWF) content.
Adobe is urging users to update their installations to the latest versions:
The affected software versions include -
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