New updates for Flash Player, Reader, Acrobat and Shockwave Player

Posted: September 13, 2013 in IT Security News
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Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader

The Adobe Systems company has released an update for Flash Player, Reader, Acrobat and Shockwave Player, designed to eliminate critical vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to gain remote control over the victim’s computer.

Flash Player update includes patches for four vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. Updated versions of Flash Player for Windows ( new version 11.8.800.168), Mac OS X (11.8.800.168), Linux (11.2.202.310) and Android (11.1.111.73).

Web browsers Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10, will receive the updates automatically.

Similar vulnerabilities have been fixed in a cross platform environment Adobe AIR, which is also equipped with Flash Player. A new version of AIR for Windows, Mac OS X and Android – 3.8.0.1430.

The updated versions of Reader and Acrobat eliminated eight vulnerabilities that allow the execution of arbitrary code. Users of Windows and Mac OS X is recommended to install the update to the latest version of Adobe Reader XI (11.0.04) and Adobe Acrobat XI (11.0.04) , respectively.

In the new version of the plugin Shockwave Player, designed to play content created with Adobe Director, eliminated two critical vulnerabilities. The new version ( 12.0.4.144 ) is available for Windows and Mac OS X.

According to Adobe Systems Company, Shockwave Player is installed on approximately 450 million computers worldwide. Flash Player plug-in is even more popular.

Information security professionals have repeatedly called Flash Player and Reader products with the most dangerous in terms of the number of vulnerabilities found in them. Flash technology is often criticized for its poor security. In 2012, Adobe abandoned from further development of plug-in for mobile devices, saved updating the existing version.

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