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Sep
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Adobe announced a "critical vulnerability" in the Flash 10.1 platform for all OS's, including Android, yesterday. While this is an extremely common occurrence (I use it to mark the new moon), it is a little troubling to know that Adobe's infamously-insecure plug-in could be giving evil-doers unsolicited access to Android devices running Flash.

While Adobe was not clear on exactly what malicious activity the exploit could allow on Android devices, the typical "control of a user's system" language is used when describing the implications of the problem. Here's Adobe's full release on the issue, which they hope to resolve by September 27th:

Security Advisory for Flash Player

Release date: September 13, 2010

Vulnerability identifier: APSA10-03

CVE number: CVE-2010-2884

Platform: All

SUMMARY

A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android. This vulnerability also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. This vulnerability (CVE-2010-2884) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Flash Player on Windows. Adobe is not aware of any attacks exploiting this vulnerability against Adobe Reader or Acrobat to date.

We are in the process of finalizing a fix for the issue and expect to provide an update for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Android operating systems during the week of September 27, 2010. We expect to provide updates for Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 for Windows and Macintosh during the week of October 4, 2010.

AFFECTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1.82.76 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris, and Adobe Flash Player 10.1.92.10 for Android
  • Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
SEVERITY RATING

Adobe categorizes this as a critical issue.

Source: Adobe via Androinica

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

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