Protect your PC with critical Adobe patches

Adobe releases a patches to address serious security vulnerabilities Adobe Flash Player, ColdFusion and Flash Media Server.

Adobe released a handful of patches this week to address serious security vulnerabilities. The most relevant update for the vast majority of users is the patch for Adobe Flash Player, but IT admins should also be aware of the updates for ColdFusion and Flash Media Server.

Adobe is supposed to be on a scheduled quarterly update cycle, but this handful of updates comes about two months ahead of the next scheduled release--which is supposed to be October 12, 2010.

The APSB10-16 is titled "Security Update available for Adobe Flash Player", but the flaw identified in the security bulletin actually affects both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe AIR. The Flash versions impacted include 10.1.53.64 and earlier for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Solaris, and the affected Adobe AIR versions include 2.0.2.12610 and earlier for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR could be exploited to cause the application to crash, or potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system--enabling the attacker to install or execute additional malicious software on the PC. At this time, though, Adobe is not aware of any exploits in the wild.

These Adobe updates don't impact the patches Adobe has projected for next week. The patches expected next week address critical security issues with Adobe Reader on Windows, Mac, and UNIX that were revealed at the recent Black Hat security conference.

Adobe has become a primary target for malware developers. As Microsoft has steadily improved efforts to secure its operating systems and applications against attack, the relatively ubiquitous Adobe products have drawn attention. Adobe's secure coding efforts are not at the same level of maturity as Microsoft, providing ample opportunity for exploit.

Adobe announced that it is building sandboxing into the next major release of Adobe Reader as a security control to guard against emerging threats. Of course, other applications have relied on sandboxing for some time, and alternative PDF reading software like FoxIt Reader and Nuance PDF Reader already have better security controls than the native Adobe application.

Malware developers are wily and are increasingly adept at luring gullible users to click on malicious links and open malicious files--often PDF files--by ripping headlines from major breaking news. A recent McAfee report illustrates that the malware threat is bigger than ever and continuing to grow.

IT admins need to be aware of identified vulnerabilities--particularly in applications like Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader that exist on virtually every system regardless of operating system platform, and assess and implement critical security patches on a timely basis.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags network securityfirewallsAdobe Systemssecuritypatches & driverscoldfusionadobe flash

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Tony Bradley

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?