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Adobe preparing critical out-of-band Flash patch:The Register


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 07:03 PM

Adobe is releasing an emergency patch for Flash after spotting a critical flaw that is now being "actively exploited" in the wild.

Users of Windows 7 and Windows XP with Flash Player version 20.0.0.306 and earlier are vulnerable to an externally forced shutdown that can be used to mask remote code execution on a target system. The threat was deemed serious enough to issue the patch out of schedule and Adobe hopes to have it out by April 7.

If you're running a version of Flash later than 21.0.0.182 then a mitigation for the attack is already in place.

Full details can be found here

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Edit: Not sure why the article notes 21.0.0.182 when the adobe Advisory notes 21.0.0.197 and earlier is vulnerable.


Edited by JohnC_21, 05 April 2016 - 07:06 PM.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 08:57 PM

The Adobe Security Advisory says...

A mitigation introduced in Flash Player 21.0.0.182 currently prevents exploitation of this vulnerability, protecting users running Flash Player 21.0.0.182 and later.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:08 PM

What confused me was the this in the advisory

 

A critical vulnerability (CVE-2016-1019) exists in Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.197 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS. Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

 

From the above does it mean 21.0.0.197 is vulnerable? And yet in the next paragraph adobe say it was mitigated in 21.0.0.182 and later.


Edited by JohnC_21, 05 April 2016 - 09:08 PM.


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Posted 05 April 2016 - 09:13 PM

I read it as a contradiction too.
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 12:35 PM

21.0.0.213 is out.

 

Updated Chrome to Version 49.0.2623.112 m


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 03:04 PM

It's getting to the point where most of our time on computers is spent updating software.
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Posted 13 April 2016 - 08:54 PM

It's getting to the point where most of our time on computers is spent updating software.


Couldn't agree more. Seems like companies would rather try to patch the imaginary rusting, sinking ship by patching it than building a new ship entirely.

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