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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

Remember that Adobe security breach earlier this month that leaked the account records of some 3 million customers? Scratch that: the actual number hacked was at least 38 million, it has emerged. In early October, Adobe warned of "sophisticated attacks" on its network in which hackers gained access to data for what was then …
Neil McAllister, 30 Oct 2013

New Flash vuln exploited (again). Adobe posts emergency fix (again)

Adobe has released an update to address critical flaws in its Flash Player software, one of which is being actively targeted in the wild. The company said that the Windows and Mac OS X builds of Flash Player 12.0.0.44 and earlier, and Flash Player 11.2.202.336 and earlier for Linux, must be upgraded to fix a trio of bugs. Adobe …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Feb 2014
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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Feature Nothing proves the popularity of a star product more than its name being used as a verb. Rival companies hate it, but carpets get Hoovered, wrapping paper gets Sellotaped. And what do you do to a photo? A poorly Photoshopped picture can arouse horror or derision, while a half-decent one can become an internet phenomenon. Think …
Alistair Dabbs, 19 Feb 2015
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Adobe squashes TWO critical Flash vulnerabilities with emergency patches

Adobe published a critical Flash Player update on Tuesday to fix three exploits, two of which are under active attack by hackers. Two of the three vulnerabilities are being used by nefarious folk, Adobe said, and one of these two explicitly targets the Firefox browser. Adobe introduced the Flash Player sandbox a year ago to …
Jack Clark, 27 Feb 2013
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Trouble comes in threes: Yet ANOTHER Flash 0-day vuln patch looming

Adobe plans to patch Flash yet again after yet another zero-day vulnerability in the web video software leaves PCs prone to hijacking. The PSA15-02 security advisory details a security hole that hackers are already exploiting to compromise vulnerable systems. An upcoming update to squash the critical bug makes it three patches …
John Leyden, 02 Feb 2015

Adobe scrambles to revoke stolen cert

Adobe has revealed an attack that compromised some of its software development servers, resulting in its code signing certificate being used to disguise malware as Adobe software. The attackers compromised a build server, Adobe says in this statement, which had “access to the Adobe code signing infrastructure”. The build server …
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Adobe's Creative Cloud fails at being a cloud

The file-syncing part of Adobe's new Creative Cloud family of technologies has been intermittently broken for a week, taking the "cloud" part out of Adobe's "Creative Cloud" redesign of its products. Now Adobe is suspending it "for the next couple of weeks" to make updates. The sync feature, which means files being fiddled with …
Jack Clark, 17 May 2013
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Patch Tuesday deja vu: Adobe patches Flash ... again

Adobe yesterday released a Flash Player update just one week after its patch Tuesday release, providing a bit of extra hassle for admins for the second Tuesday in a row. The latest (APSB12-19) update for Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR addresses six cross-platform flaws in Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Android …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2012
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'Better than Adobe' Foxit PDF plugin hit by worse-than-Adobe 0-day

A new security bug in the popular Foxit PDF reader plugin for web browsers allows miscreants to compromise computers and install malware. There's no patch for this zero-day vulnerability. Italian security researcher Andrea Micalizzi discovered that the latest version of the software crashes if users are tricked into clicking on …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2013
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Adobe investigating attacks on PDFs using zero-day flaw

Vulnerability researchers at FireEye are reporting that Adobe's Reader software has a zero-day flaw that hackers are already exploiting in the wild. FireEye flaw You've been pwned (click to enlarge) The flaw is found in Adobe Reader 9.5.3, 10.1.5, and 11.0.1 and involves sending a specially crafted file to the target. …
Iain Thomson, 14 Feb 2013
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Adobe plugs up buffer overflow holes in Shockwave update

Adobe released a patch for its Shockwave Player software on Tuesday, addressing six security vulnerabilities that might easily lend themselves to malware-pushing exploits. Shockwave Player 11.6.7.637 and earlier versions on both Windows and Mac need updating to the latest version: Shockwave Player 11.6.8.638. Adobe said it was …
John Leyden, 24 Oct 2012
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Adobe punts fix for Reader, Acrobat holes battered by PC, Mac hackers

Adobe has pushed out an emergency security update for its PDF viewing software Reader and Acrobat to plug zero-day vulnerabilities that emerged last week. The cross-platform update, issued yesterday, addresses flaws that were being actively exploited by miscreants to compromise and take over Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X …
John Leyden, 21 Feb 2013
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Adobe Reader 0-day exploit surfaces on underground bazaars

Miscreants have reportedly discovered a zero-day vulnerability in latest version of Adobe Reader. Exploits based on the vulnerability, which circumvents sandbox protection technology incorporated into Adobe X and Adobe XI, are on sale in underground forums. Pricing starts at a hefty $30,000 but the exploit has already made its …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2012

CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

Miscreants have brewed up a variant of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware that uses worm-like features to spread across removable drives. The recently discovered CRILOCK-A variant can spread more easily than previous forms of CryptoLocker. The latest nasty is also notable because it comes under previously unseen guises - such …
John Leyden, 02 Jan 2014
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Rid yourself of Adobe: New Firefox 19.0 gets JAVASCRIPT PDF viewer

Mozilla's Firefox web browser now includes a built-in PDF viewer - allowing users to bin plugins from Adobe and other developers. The move to run third-party PDF file readers out of town comes after security holes were discovered in closed-source add-ons from FoxIt and Adobe. The new built-in document viewer is open source, just …
Anna Leach, 20 Feb 2013
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Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

Adobe dropped the D-bomb during a Q2 conference call with analysts after admitting some customers are "disappointed" it decided to murder future copies of its boxed Creative Suite. Clearly top brass at the company were living in er…cloud cuckoo land when they revealed last month that future Creative Suite versions would only be …
Paul Kunert, 19 Jun 2013

Adobe hackers strike again: PR Newswire grovels to clients after latest hack'n'grab

PR Newswire has been forced to reset its clients' passwords following a security breach linked to the same hackers who smashed into Adobe earlier this month. The hackers made off with the usernames and encrypted passwords of the marketing and press release distribution service's customers, reports investigative journalist Brian …
John Leyden, 21 Oct 2013
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Adobe spurts spackle* into Flash's gaping holes

Adobe has updated its Flash Player software ahead of schedule to head off crooks exploiting critical vulnerabilities uncovered in the product. The flaws were reported by Google's security team. The cross-platform upgrade includes new builds of Flash for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Android-powered smartphones. Adobe AIR on …
John Leyden, 07 Nov 2012
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Users grumble after Adobe cancels Acrobat X Suite

Adobe has cancelled its Acrobat X Suite – launched just 18 months ago - and now recommends its customers acquire a more expensive product. The company has buried slipped a statement about the cancellation of the suite into its FAQ for Acrobat. The suite bundled Adobe Acrobat X Pro, Designer ES2, Photoshop CS5, Adobe Captivate 5 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2012

Adobe exec puffs cloud shop: Online features are so 'compelling'... What are they again?

Creative types who prefer to buy Adobe software in boxed format rather than renting it as-a-service will from this month start to miss out on bumper "compelling" features in Creative Cloud, according to a global partner exec. The problem is, so hot are these new add-ons to the web-based suite that Stephen Snyder, veep of global …
Paul Kunert, 01 Nov 2013
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Adobe thinks outside box, nixes retail Creative Suite packaging

Adobe is moving ahead with plans to phase out the boxed, retail versions of its Creative Suite and Acrobat software families, in favor of a distribution model based exclusively on digital downloads and subscriptions. Word that the graphics software maker had set a hard date to stop selling its wares on physical discs first …
Neil McAllister, 13 Mar 2013
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Adobe muzzles TWO zero-day wild things with emergency Flash patches

Updated Adobe published a critical Flash Player update on Thursday that fixes not just one but two zero-day flaws, both under active attack by hackers. Both Windows and Mac users are in the firing line. One of the vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-0633) is being harnessed in targeted attacks designed to trick marks into opening a Microsoft Word …
John Leyden, 08 Feb 2013

Adobe buckles, cuts prices ahead of Australian inquiry

If only we’d all known it would be so easy: in the wake of being summonsed by the Australian parliament’s inquiry into IT pricing, Adobe has cut the price of its Creative Cloud suite to Australian users. The pricing inquiry kicked off last year to look at the practise of geographic price discrimination by international vendors. …
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Adobe shuts down Connect user forum, confirms passwords raided

Adobe has admitted that its Connectusers.com forum database was compromised, exposing password information about users of its conferencing technology in the process. Potentially exposed passwords were hashed using MD5, but it's not clear whether or not they were salted, an extra security precaution that thwarts brute force …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012
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Adobe reports great re$ult$ but loses CTO Kevin Lynch to Apple

It's been a mixed day for Adobe – exceeding analyst's expectations for its first quarter financial results but having this overshadowed by the news that its long-standing CTO Kevin Lynch handed in his notice on Monday and will gone by the end of the week . "Kevin Lynch resigned from his position as Executive Vice President, …
Iain Thomson, 20 Mar 2013
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BBC iPlayer downloads BORKED by Adobe Air update

An update to Adobe's Air application has crippled the BBC's iPlayer Desktop software, which is used by telly and radio fans in the UK who want to download programmes to view and listen to offline. A sorrowful Auntie is currently advising its fans to roll back Adobe Air from version 3.5 to version 3.4 in order to get the software …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Nov 2012
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Adobe Connect breach pops lid off 'Letmein' logins of gov, army types

A breach of Adobe's Connectusers.com forum database has once again exposed password security foibles, as well as website security shortcomings on Adobe's part. Adobe suspended the forum on Tuesday night in response to the hack, as previously reported. The software developer stressed in a statement that its Adobe Connect web …
John Leyden, 16 Nov 2012
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Hacker hijack 'threat': Your car's security is Adobe Flash-grade BAD

Democratic Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has published a report after questioning 20 automakers about the security of their cars' internal networks – and how much personal data they store. The results aren't great. In short, as we've long suspected, the computers in today's cars can be hijacked wirelessly by feeding specially crafted …
Iain Thomson, 09 Feb 2015
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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

In the latest blow to Adobe's little-loved Flash graphics format, Google has begun nudging customers of its AdWords ad network to wean themselves off Flash by offering automatic conversion of Flash ads to HTML5. "Over half of time spent online is now spent on mobile devices," the Google Ads team said in a Google+ post on …
Neil McAllister, 26 Feb 2015
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Adobe switches Flash fix schedule to Patch Tuesdays

Users of Adobe Flash Player have grown accustomed to frequent security patches, but beginning with its next batch of bugfixes, Adobe says it will release updates on a new, more predictable schedule – one that just happens to coincide with Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday." "The alignment of the release cycle to Patch Tuesdays will …
Neil McAllister, 08 Nov 2012
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Microsoft, Adobe throw fire blanket over blaze of security flaws

Microsoft has fixed 26 security flaws, at least five of which are critical, in its software. At least one of the holes is being actively exploited by hackers to compromise Windows computers. The latest Patch Tuesday update from the company addresses these vulnerabilities, which are present in workstations and servers running …
John Leyden, 15 Aug 2012
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Adobe offers free trip to PowerPC era

Creative types tired of forking out wads of cash to Adobe can now get their hands on its flagship Creative Suite for free. The catch? It's only version 2.0 of the suite almost certainly won't run on a modern Mac. News of the 'free' download for those with an Adobe.com account came to light yesterday, producing frenzied reports …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Jan 2013

Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

Sysadmin blog Adobe wants the ability to easily roll out Flash updates removed from Ninite, the sysadmin Swiss army knife. I'm going to explain why this is a terrible thing. First, though, I would like to discuss the real-world practical uses of products such as Ninite. Ninite is used by systems administrators and ordinary folk alike to …
Trevor Pott, 01 May 2013

Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

Apple, Google, Adobe and Intel are reportedly closing in on a wage-fix settlement deal to end a long-running antitrust lawsuit brought against the companies by aggrieved engineers. According to Reuters, which has seen a brief document* filed at the US District Court, Northern District of California, plaintiffs were expected to …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Jan 2015

Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

Adobe had been expected to demo Creative Suite 7 at its MAX conference down in smoky Los Angeles on Monday, but instead announced there'll be no more versions of its boxed software and that the Creative Suite brand will cease to exist. All CS apps updates will only be added to its Creative Cloud suite, and Adobe showed off some …
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2013
Mozilla's latest Firefox beta can display PDFs without a plugin

Mozilla to Adobe: PDFs don't need no more steenking plugins

Mozilla's come right out and said what plenty of people think about PDF-reading browser plugins: they're often woefully insecure, generally replicate things browsers can already do and rely on proprietary technology. Mozilla's answer is HTML 5 allied with the pdf.js project, which together allow a newly-released beta of Firefox …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2013

Hackers prove security still a myth on Windows PCs, bag $320,000

Day one of the 2015 Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver, Canada, saw big wins for contestants and headaches for software makers: competing teams successfully exploited fresh vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash and Reader, Microsoft's Windows and Internet Explorer, and Mozilla's Firefox, to hijack PCs. The competition, now in its …
Iain Thomson, 19 Mar 2015
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Steve Jobs' death clears way for Adobe CTO defection

Long-standing chief technology officer Kevin Lynch has left Adobe, but why? Adobe has just announced first quarter 2013 results that were a little ahead of its target and show strong take-up of Creative Cloud - by which it offers up its cloudy software services for subscription rather than one-off purchase - roughly akin to an …
Tim Anderson, 21 Mar 2013
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All aboard the patch wagon! Next stop: Microsoft, Adobe, Mozilla

Today, right on schedule, Microsoft's monthly security patch bandwagon rolled into town with updates for Internet Explorer, Office and Windows - with Adobe bringing up the rear. This latest instalment of Patch Tuesday addresses 33 bugs in a range of Redmond software, as revealed late last week. The flaws have been grouped into …
John Leyden, 15 May 2013
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Attackers sling recent Flash 0day through 1800 domains

Some 1800 subdomains have been found slinging the Angler exploit kit using Adobe's most recent Flash zero day exploit, Cisco researcher Nick Biasini says. The lion's share of nasty subdomains were set up on 28 and 29 January and tied to about 50 GoDaddy registrant accounts. Biasini said the malvertising attacks used several …
Darren Pauli, 04 Feb 2015
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Adobe's Flex grabs top project slot at Apache

Adobe’s Flash-friendly Flex application development framework is now a grown-up Apache Software Foundation (ASF) project. Flex has been granted Top-Level Project (TLP) status by the ASF open-source group, "signifying that the Project's community and products have been well-governed under the ASF's meritocratic process and …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Jan 2013
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Adobe bets on cloud collaboration for Acrobat XI

Adobe is upgrading the Acrobat platform to include cloud collaborative editing of PDFs and PowerPoint decks, as well as the touch and mobile friendly features and automatic form generation it says customers have been demanding. Acrobat XI is an attempt by Adobe to move its online document dominance into the cloud realm and not …
Iain Thomson, 02 Oct 2012

Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

Adobe and Microsoft's Australia's managing directors have both struggled to answer hours of tough questions from Australia's Parliamentary inquiry into IT pricing. Apple's Tony King was the first witness to front members of parliament for ninety minutes today of MPs today, and acquitted himself well. Adobe's Paul Robson was …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Mar 2013

YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

YouTube has decided it's had enough of Adobe's perenially-p0wned Flash and will therefore now default to delivering video with the HTML5 <video> tag. A post by the video vault's engineering and development team says the move is now possible, and sensible, because the industry has invented useful things like adaptive bitrates, …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jan 2015
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Adobe rips up rebate rules after resellers riot

Adobe has tweaked its rebate programme in response to complaints from partners that it was too complex to manage and the sales targets were unachievable in the current biz climate. The software maker introduced out a new structure last autumn and rolled out a tiered deal registration programme, a process that some partners …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2012
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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

A massive malvertising campaign leveraging the recent Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability has surfaced on popular* adult site xHamster, analysts say. The attack served the Bedep Trojan to the site's 500 million viewers a month through a surreptitious exploit on the landing page. It did not take advantage of the Angler exploit …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jan 2015
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Adobe buys Auditude

Adobe continues to spend up expanding its advertising business with the acquisition of Auditude, an online video ad management platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but speculation suggests the transaction was worth around $US100 million. Palo Alto based Auditude has raised nearly $US40 million in the past four years, …
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Adobe adds Flash sandboxing to Firefox

Adobe has released beta code for sandboxing its heavily hacked Flash code within Firefox, in a similar fashion to the Chrome security protections added to its Reader software and Google’s Chrome browser. “Sandboxing technology has proven very effective in protecting users by increasing the cost and complexity of authoring …
Iain Thomson, 07 Feb 2012
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Adobe moving its users into the Cloud: Wants middlemen to help

Adobe says its direct sales force will be competing with resellers when its Creative Cloud (CC) suite reaches enterprise punters. The software maker has reported sales for Q3 ended 31 August of $1.08bn, down from $1.13bn a year ago with 52 per cent of revenues coming from the US, 27 per cent in Europe and 21 per cent in Asia. …
Paul Kunert, 20 Sep 2012

Flash zero day under attack

A zero day Flash vulnerability is being actively exploited by criminals using the popular Angler exploit kit. Adobe is investigating the report by respected French malware researcher Kafeine, who found the exploit kit circulating on cybercrime forums. The vulnerabilities affected Flash Player versions up to 15.0.0.223 and the …
Darren Pauli, 22 Jan 2015