Adobe Outs 2 Emergency Security Patches for Flash; Zero Day Threats Mitigated

February 9, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Adobe has just issued a patch for critical ‘so-called’ vulnerabilities in Flash Player that are currently being exploited by unknown hackers.

The targets were the Adobe users of Windows and Mac OS X. The unscheduled patch fixes up bugs that were being used in attacks designed to trick users into downloading ambiguous Word documents containing malicious Flash code.

In the case of Firefox and Safari users on Mac OS X, they were tricked into opening a web page that had similar malicious flash content. Despite the fact that the vulnerabilities are only being actively exploited on Windows and Mac OS X, Adobe has released the patch for all supported operating systems including Linux and Android.


Users of both Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 will have their Flash automatically updated and so there’s no need for any manual downloads. This isn’t the first time Flash has been exploited for malicious means, but it is good to see Adobe issuing unscheduled patches to fix issues as quick as they can.

While the news about the zero-day threat was out, the iOS suddenly seemed a much better option because it didn’t had any flash problem owing to the fact that it does not support it at all. But the ethical conundrum was avoided, as Adobe once again saved the day by releasing timely security patches and the world seems safe already.

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