Adobe Issues Update to Fix Zero-Day Flaw in Flash
Adobe goes out-of-band to fix a zero-day vulnerability in its Adobe Flash player running on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems.Adobe has been keeping to a regular patch release cycle for its products, but this week that cycle was interrupted. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, Adobe issued an out-of-band security update to fix a zero-day flaw in its Adobe Flash player running on Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. Adobe warned in its advisory that the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild. According to the advisory, the vulnerability could potentially enable an attacker to take control of a system that is at risk. The vulnerability has been formally identified as CVE-2014-0497 and is an integer underflow vulnerability that could enable arbitrary code execution. Adobe credits researchers Alexander Polyakov and Anton Ivanov from Kaspersky Labs for helping report the issue. Systems that are at risk include Windows and Mac OS X users running Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier. Linux users running Flash Player 184.108.40.206.335 and earlier are also at risk and need to update.
Flash deployments have changed in recent years and are no longer made up entirely of users manually downloading and updating Flash. Google Chrome users benefit from having Flash directly integrated with the browser. Chrome has an automatic update process that will be updating users to a new version of Chrome that includes the updated Flash component.