Adobe warns of a critical 'Zero-Day' Flash vulnerability

Adobe warns of a critical 'Zero-Day' Flash vulnerability
Adobe has discovered a 'critical' vulnerability in their popular Flash software. Unfortunately, the vulnerability extends to the Android, Windows, Mac, OS X, Linux, and Solaris versions of Adobe Flash.

Adobe explains that the virus comes from an SWF (Flash) file, embedded within a Microsoft Excel email file attachment. When the malicious Flash file is opened, it causes a system crash, and then turns control of your device over to the perpetrators. Furthermore, Adobe indicates that the flaw is more than a mere vulnerability, but that it is being "targeted in attacks."

So is this vindication for Apple's exclusion of the Adobe Flash software on iOS? We don't think so. But we like to imagine that Steve Jobs is sending an email blast that simply says, "I told you so."

The following software versions are affected (i.e. everything):
  • Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems
  • Adobe Flash Player and earlier for Chrome users
  • Adobe Flash Player and earlier for Android
  • The Authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.1) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

Adobe says that they have yet to hear of Acrobat and Reader being affected by the vulnerability. They are in the process of developing a fix, but don't anticipate a final solution until the week of March 21st. And this isn't surprising, considering how many platforms are in need of the patch.

source: Adobe via Yahoo! News



1. Yo unregistered

Anyone that opens unknown email attachments deserves it. Should be common sense by now.

4. TheFunnyMan

Posts: 77; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Agreed. If you dont know who, and you dont know what, then leave it alone.

29. ThePwnz unregistered

Then again most people that do that are old people and don't know any better.

2. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

Meh. At least this isn't an ipad article

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So it's a virus written specifically to attack flash. Can't wait for the html5 virus.

7. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You do realize that html5 works with android too right? Or are you so filled with hatred that you want something bad to happen to Apple even if it screws you over too?

9. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I know that it works with Android too, just like how Flash works with Macs. The virus won't affect me because I'm normally not dumb enough to get viruses. My point is the BIG DEAL that Phonearena is making, and how they ONCE AGAIN make it an Apple vs. Android issue.

10. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This is a more of a widespread issue if you ask me compared to that light leakage on the ipad 2 that YOU made a big deal of. My point is, you're so quick to blow up a small issue when it's about an Apple product, while you disregard a bigger issue when it's something that affects android.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

This is about Flash, not Android. Apple was only brought up because of how vocal SJ is about how he hates flash. This its only an issue if you don't use your common sense when opening emails with strange attachments. Why does this too have to be another battle of the OS's?

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Read the article again. It does mention android devices. Then let me reverse your logic back at you. Antennagate on the iphone4 is only an issue if you don't have common sense to hold it the right way :)

15. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Once again I call troll. "Holding the iPhone the right way" entails holding the damn thing differently than you would ever naturally hold a phone. In simpler terms: people normally don't open suspicious email attachments, NOR do they hold their phone by the fingertips on the top, unless they are tremendously retarded. They might have had an excuse ten years ago, but they don't now. Almost anyone receiving and sending email knows about viruses and almost everyone knows which way to hold a phone. So when are you going to give up the charade, Gemini?

17. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh and it's not natural to open your emails? What if it's an email from someone you know with an excel attachment? Isn't that possible? Stop being a blind fandroid.

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You obviously don't understand how viruses work. Even if the email comes from your friend, if they have zero explanation for why they've sent you the attachment and/or you're not expecting one, why in the hell would you open it?

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Because, just like the issue with the pulled apps on the Android Market, this isn't an issue caused by a fundamental flaw on Android or any manufacturers' part. It's the result of someone deliberately sitting down and trying to create a problem for a large amount of users. The problem is multi platform, and yes it's a problem if you're an idiot when it comes to getting viruses (only two viruses in the years I've been operating electronics, thank you very much) but the issue will be swiftly solved and fade into the past. On the OTHER hand, while Apple makes decent software that doesn't get infected often (because no one writes viruses for Apple software because NOONE USES IT) they have only had average overall handset reliability, and have been plagued by some major hardware issues. For instance, reception and call quality have always been a complaint among even the most glowing reviews; Antennagate; and now the issue with the iPad 2 leaking light. These are all problems related to the physical design of their hardware. And on the software side, who needs viruses when Apple's own updates brick customers' phones?

16. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

This is a vulnerability issue. Geez Louisse, stop the blindness. You're quick to judge Jobs on not admitting issues, yet you are exactly doing the same thing here. There was an article here about hackers being able to break into iOS. Do you want me to refresh your memory of what you have posted on there? Coz it's pretty much caused by someone deliberately as well. Apple devices don't get infected because Apple users are smarter, and are not cheap users like windows users who are downloading stuff from untrusted websites just to get apps or programs for free. Reception and call quality issues are not only known on the iphone. All phones have that issue. Name me a phone, and I'm sure I can pull something up. And again, the light leakage on the ipad2 is an isolated issue not present on all ipads, but of course you like readers to believe that it is. But sorry for you, when people go to the Apple Store to check the ipad out, it does not have light leakage :)

21. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh, you needn't remind me. "Whatever they were, it's hilarious that just as you publish five hundred articles about Google's security sucking, here we have a couple of yahoos who blew past the ipad's security." My attitude hasn't changed. I'm not here to single Apple out, as I recognize that anyone has issues. However, I don't like disproportionate coverage. Apple users are smarter? Lol, okay. That's why Apple works so hard to make their UI as simple as possible. Motorola doesn't have many reception issues; in fact even their worst phones have been praised for reception and call quality. And even if the light leakage is isolated, Antennagate isn't. I'm able to reproduce it easily every time I walk into an Apple store.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

To continue my rant: my gripe, once again, isn't that the iPhone is absolute crap. It's not. The iPhone did change the way we thought of smartphones. It gets credit for that and for being pretty and not completely horrible in the software arena. And for being easy to use. My gripe is the attitude held by Apple and many of its fanboys. The attitude that every small thing they do to any product is treated like an ingenius innovation, even when it had been done before. This is due to Apple's marketing strategy, which has been incredibly effective. I also dislike how greedy Apple is; my indirect AT&T store makes four bucks off of any iPhone sold. We would also have to buy a 2600 dollar display for every one of our stores in order to showcase the iPhone. In fact, I hate how Apple works to knock any of its partners down and tries to dominate them. Just look at Verizon Wireless's website. The iPhone and iPad get their own categories under product lists. At no time before this did Verizon give similar respect to any flagship device. Also look at the reason behind Verizon's inability to launch the Thunderbolt; Apple wanted their iPhones sold. I also despise the contempt with which Apple's end users are treated. Look at Antennagate, or the baby shaker fiasco. No apologies, no promise of compensation other than pulling the app days later or giving out free bumpers for a month. And acting like it's the fault of anyone who got the phone afterward that they didn't buy their phone during this grace period.

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Oh please. Before you pick on iphone users' attitude, you may want to look at yours first. And so what if we think that Apple devices features are innovative? They are. Yes, Apple did not invent zooming, or copy and paste, or video call, or web browsing, but it's the implementation of it that makes them innovative. No one is forcing any store to sell the iphone. If they are not making any money out of it, I doubt if they would sell any Apple products. And if Apple is getting this much respect from anyone, it's because they deserve it. Why? Because they bring in the cash. As for the antennagate again. That's a blown out of proportion issue. It's been proven over and over again that antennagate exists on all phones. Apple did tell all those who bought the iphone 4 TO RETURN it if they're not happy, for a full refund. Yet people still bought the iphone4. Why? Because it still is better than the rest :)

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Again, Apple has innovated in the past. They did a good job of putting the iPhone's software together. But when they said that the iPhone 4 "changed everything, again" I gagged. They haven't changed much about the iPhone since its inception except to add what was already lacking. We don't sell Apple products unless the customer really insists. But that doesn't happen often. Yes, Apple did do that. But how arrogant is it? "Nothing is wrong with our phones. If you don't like it, give it back." Still no apology whatsoever. And the death grip is only present on any phone if you cover the antenna with your finger. All other manufacturers know to place this weak spot in a spot you don't normally cover with your hand. Apple wasn't. I know where the weak spot is on my X. And it sure as hell ain't where my hand normally is.

23. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

We're going to have to put you two in a ring haha. Duke it out.

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That'll work. :)

26. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

did someone said wedding..... thanks for pointing that out

27. ggman3

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 12, 2011

The real reason you bithc about Apple all the time is your store doesn't sell the iphone and you lose out on sales all the time. You always try to tell people how there are better phones and it rarely works so you've built up this hatred towards Apple. Don't be mad at the, be mad at your store for screwing you.

30. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I personally haven't even sold at this store yet, and the reason we don't push them is because the store makes a grand total of FOUR BUCKS off of them. We still sell them if the customer insists, though. For your information, the store chain is the largest in the region, with AT&T personally asking us to expand into other regions because we do so well. And when I worked for Verizon I never had a single customer coming in to look for an iPhone who left without an Android phone. So your argument falls flat on its face, iFanboy. Suck it.

5. box unregistered

what's with the steve jobs apple thing? The article clearly states this can attack apple computer systems... sure maybe not ifail/tampon but it was a wierd inclusion

6. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Because Mr. Stevo doesn't allow flash on the iPhone... he said it has security issues.

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

well hes kinda right...

20. TKFox007

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 02, 2010

When 10.1 came out, the head guy at Adobe said that Flash 10.1 was very secure. Then when it came out they said oh there's a security issue but were working on a patch to fix that. Now 10.2 is out and there's an issue all over again. I'm getting tired of Flash having all these security issues, but sadly, it's a necessary evil as it's needed to see and use the internet to it's fullest. Is it really that hard to make it secure? But I agree with every saying that people shouldn't be opening emails and downloading stuff from those emails from people they don't know.

24. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@ 530gemini. I think you are the one that needs to re-read this article. The mention of the Android OS was to advise what systems could be compermised by this virus, not to start another war. The mention of SJ was in reference to his anti-flash rant that was made public. So again, why does this have to be a pudding contest with you?

28. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Actually it was sniggly that made it an issue with his comment about wanting an html5 virus which was directed towards Apple. Gemini was responding to that. You should complain about your buddy sniggly.

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