Adobe fixes webcam hijack Flash flaw

Summary:Researcher documents a variation of the clickjacking technique that could be used to turn on a webcam and microphone direct from a web site without the user's knowledge or consent.

Adobe has fixed a privacy invasion flaw in Flash that allowed remote spies to turn on a computer user's webcam via a rigged web site.

The vulnerability, discovered and documented by researcher Feross Aboukhadijeh, is a variation of the clickjacking technique and could be used to turn on a webcam and microphone direct from a web site without the user's knowledge or consent.

In this video, Aboukhadijeh documents the attack scenario:

Adobe says the issue is now fixed:

Adobe is aware of a report describing a clickjacking issue related to the online Flash Player Settings Manager. We have resolved the issue with a change to the Flash Player Settings Manager SWF file hosted on the Adobe website. No user action or Flash Player product update are required.

If, like me, you are paranoid about these kinds of bugs activating your webcam, do the smart thing and put a sticky over the camera.  Matter solved.

Topics: Browser, Enterprise Software, Security, Software Development

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Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

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