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18 December 2008, 08:49

Critical hole in Linux Flash Player

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Adobe has alerted users to a critical vulnerability in the Adobe Flash Player for Linux. Windows and Mac OS X users are not affected by this problem. According to Adobe, by using a specially crafted SWF file, an attacker can take control of a Linux system. We presume that this only works if the user works with root rights. Adobe have not disclosed further details on the problem.

All Linux versions of the Adobe Flash Player prior to and including and are affected. Adobe recommends that users update to version For users who cannot upgrade to for technical reasons, Adobe has released a patched version of Flash Player 9, version In both cases, the process will involve a manual download and installation.

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