We all know Adobe’s flash is not perfect. Being an extremely mainstream and popular platform it’s always the target of the latest exploit. They are usually quick with their updates but still in the downtime many get infected. Now there has been another vulnerability exploited that not only affects mobile devices, but also the desktop versions as well.
We have a confirmed date of November 9th for the update that will patch this vulnerability. Once attacked your device could possibly crash and be controlled by the third party responsible, similar to the other vulnerabilities with Flash in the past.
So for 2 weeks, just be careful with your mobile browsing and be sure to update as soon as it’s available.
Here’s the official summary from Adobe
“A critical vulnerability exists in Adobe Flash Player 10.1.85.3 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems; Adobe Flash Player 10.1.95.2 and earlier versions for Android; and the authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX operating systems, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
This vulnerability (CVE-2010-3654) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x. Adobe is not currently aware of attacks targeting Adobe Flash Player.
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 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.”
[Via Adobe Support]