Adobe issues update to fix Flash flaws

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Adobe on Wednesday released a new version of its Flash player to correct seven vulnerabilities that could permit attackers to take remote control of a victim's computer.

Systems running Flash version 9.0.115.0 and earlier, and those running version 8.0.39.0 and earlier, are vulnerable, according to a US-CERT alert. Attackers can exploit the flaws by tricking unsuspecting users into visiting a website hosting a specially crafted SWF (Shockwave Flash) file.

If successful, the resulting payload could range from security bypass to cross-site scripting to a complete system takeover, according to vulnerability tracking firm Secunia, which rated the updates highly critical.

As an alternative to upgrading to the latest version, users can disable the Flash plug-in or leverage NoScript, a Firefox add-on.

More information from Adobe is available here.



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