August 23, 2012

Adobe Releases Security Updates for Flash and AIR

Adobe (News - Alert) has just released updates for both Flash and AIR in the wake of serious security vulnerabilities.

“These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,” Adobe said on its website.

The updates cover Windows, Mac OS X, Android (News - Alert) 2.x, 3.x, 4.x and Linux platforms. They fix four memory corruption bugs and integer overflow vulnerability.

Adobe recommends Windows and Mac users upgrade to Flash version 11.4.402.265, while Linux users should upgrade to Windows and Mac users should also upgrade Adobe Air to

Adobe also patched vulnerability with Flash that caused applications to crash, and in a worst case scenario, allow an attacker to take control of a computer using a malicious Word document and targeted the ActiveX version of Flash for Internet Explorer on Windows.

Symantec (News - Alert) reported that it had tracked and eliminated around 1,300 attempts at using the exploit.

Adobe recently ended official support for Flash on Android phones, erasing a feature that distinguished the two platforms. Flash for Android is no longer available to install on new smartphones, though users who already have it installed on their devices can continue to receive updates like the ones previously mentioned.

Adobe is killing mobile Flash in general to focus on HTML5, which implements many of Flash's features but in open standards. HTML5 includes animation, sound, video and interactivity, as well as a way to store data on devices. While it's still in development, the latest version of HTML is already finding widespread use, especially on the mobile Web.

Apple (News - Alert) initially refused to make Flash available on iOS devices, citing performance problems, and HTML5 has apparently risen to take its place.

Adobe said that HTML5 had already implemented 80 percent of the features currently found in Flash.

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Edited by Braden Becker


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