14 Sep 2010

Adobe announces second Flash vulnerability in a week

Adobe recently announced it has discovered another vulnerability in its Adobe Flash, the second such advisory the company issued in a week.

This time the threat extends to the Android operating system for mobile devices. It also affects Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX and Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, according to Adobe's website.

"This vulnerability could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," the advisory on the Adobe website reads. The company added that it had received reports of the vulnerability being exploited against Flash Player on Windows.

Experts advise web users to update their internet security software to ensure their systems are not infected.

A similar vulnerability was brought to light by Adobe in early September.

That Androids may be affected by this latest advisory gives weight to Apple CEO Steve Jobs' refusal to allow Flash on his company's iPhone and iPad. Jobs had publicly rejected Flash, pointing to internet security concerns a factor in his decision.