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Update: Attackers exploit critical bug in Adobe's Flash, Reader

Jun 07, 2010, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gregg Keizer)

"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.

"Attackers exploiting the flaw may be able to hijack the targeted computer, Adobe acknowledged.

"The bug warning was almost identical to one Adobe released July 22, 2009, when it said Flash Player, Reader and Acrobat harbored a vulnerability and were under attack. Adobe patched the flaw on July 31, 2009. Some researchers claimed Adobe had known of the Flash flaw for more than half a year.

"Friday's advisory noted that vulnerability exists not only inside Flash, but also within the "authplay.dll" file packaged with every Windows copy of Reader and Acrobat. That file is the interpreter that handles Flash content embedded within PDF files."

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