Hackers exploit extremely critical bug in Adobe Flash, Reader, Acrobat

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Adobe late Friday warned that attackers are exploiting a critical vulnerability in the company’s most widely-used software: Flash Player and Adobe Reader,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“The zero-day vulnerability is reminiscent of one Adobe disclosed and patched in July 2009, and comes just days after the company’s head of security admitted hackers have its software in their crosshairs,” Keizer reports.

“Adobe said that the bug affects Flash Player, the most up-to-date version of the popular media player, as well as older editions on Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris,” Keizer reports. “Also vulnerable: PDF viewer Adobe Reader 9.x and PDF creation software Adobe Acrobat 9.x on Windows, Macintosh and Unix.”

“Hackers are already exploiting the flaw. ‘There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Flash Player, Reader and Acrobat,’ the company said in a security advisory issued around 3:30 p.m. PT Friday,” Keizer reports.

“Danish bug tracker Secunia rated the threat as ‘extremely critical,’ the highest ranking in its five-step scoring system. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), an arm of the federal Department of Homeland Security, also posted a warning of the vulnerability,” Keizer reports. “Attackers exploiting the flaw may be able to hijack the targeted computer, Adobe acknowledged.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: So, not only are the ingrates at Adobe lazy, they’re also inept.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike D” for the heads up.]


  1. Um, are there reports of Macs (or any other OS) being taken over by this, or is it just “possible.” it would be good to know.

    Then again, I use ClickToFlash and Preview, do I guess I’m not much at risk, unless a hacker takes over a website I trust.

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    1. sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, in common use in countries having little rainfall.
    2. a yellow silt or clay, deposited by rivers, used to make bricks.
    3. a building constructed of adobe.
    4. a dark, heavy soil, containing clay.
    5. a bunch of lazy ingrates purporting to provide the whole Internet experience via bug-ridden, poorly designed malware masquerading as the last word in content creation software.
    6. shite, as in “what a steaming pile of adobe”.


  3. This couldn’t have come at a worse time. The media, and it’s people all pointing fingers, making accusations of many issues.
    This just puts another feather in Steve jobs hat. Lol

  4. @ Krioni

    Under Mac OS X, the Adobe applications run under the user’s ID instead of the root user. Therefore, even if an exploit was designed to affect Mac OS X, it don’t think it could “hijack” a Mac.

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