Adobe fixes seven vulnerabilities in Flash Player
Adobe has released version 188.8.131.52 of its Flash Player for Windows, Linux, Mac and Solaris, which fixes seven security vulnerabilities. According to a report, attackers can exploit the vulnerabilities using crafted SWF files to gain control of a computer. A user can fall victim merely by visiting a crafted web page or opening an SWF file with an application that uses the Flash Player. One of the vulnerabilities relates to the vulnerability recently discovered during the “Pwn to Own” contest, by means of which which participant Shane Macaulay succeeded in hacking the Vista laptop.
The bug can be exploited by causing the Flash Player to access incorrectly instantiated ActionScript objects. According to a report from the Zero Day Initiative, this requires manipulation of the DeclareFunction2 tag. In order to fool Vista’s data execution prevention (DEP), Macaulay’s Flash hack takes a little detour via Java. Java apparently doesn’t work under Windows Vista if DEP is activated, for which reason it is often deactivated for Java.
Users should install the new version as soon as possible, as websites exploiting the vulnerabilities to infect users’ PCs are likely to spring up rapidly.
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