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Adobe lobs out Flash update to plug 3D security hole

Two critical bugs spark patch rollout rush

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Adobe has released an out-of-schedule upgrade for its Flash Player software that tackles two serious vulnerabilities.

The cross-platform update is suitable for users of Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. Android punters also need to patch their smartphones to guard against possible attack.

The two flaws involve a memory corruption vulnerability in Matrix3D that could lead to malicious code execution, and a lesser information disclosure vulnerability that stems from integer-handling errors in Flash Player. Both flaws were discovered by security researchers at Google.

There's no evidence that either of the bugs have been exploited, but Adobe's decision to release the security patches now, rather than waiting for its next monthly update cycle to come along, indicates that it would be foolish to discount the importance of the flaws simply because they haven't been weaponised.

Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash, Acrobat and Java have joined traditional holes in browsers as prime targets for malware-pedlars and hackers.

Users need to upgrade to version 11.1.102.63 of Flash Player. This software is bundled in the latest version of Google Chrome. The software is also available direct from Adobe, as explained in a security alert here. ®

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