Heads-up: Adobe fast-tracks fix for Flash Player zero-day

Summary:In the wake of zero-day attacks against a critical vulnerability in its software products, Adobe is fast-tracking an emergency fix for the widely deployed Flash Player.

In the wake of zero-day attacks against a critical vulnerability in its software products, Adobe is fast-tracking an emergency fix for the widely deployed Flash Player.

The patch was originally scheduled for release on November 9 but Adobe now says the patch will be ready tomorrow (November 4, 2010).

From Adobe's updated advisory:

We are in the process of finalizing a fix for the issue and expect to provide an update for Flash Player 10.x for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris by November 4, 2010. We expect to make available an update for Flash Player 10.x for Android by November 9, 2010. We expect to make available an update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions during the week of November 15, 2010.

Adobe under attack: New PDF, Flash zero-day ]

The vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild with booby-trapped PDF documents.  The zero-day attacks are currently targeted Windows users.

According to Adobe, the attacks are only against Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

As a temporary mitigation, Adobe suggests deleting, renaming, or removing access to the authplay.dll file that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x.

Topics: Hardware, Enterprise Software, Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Servers, Software, Windows

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