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Adobe Flash update puts users in charge of privacy

Robert McMillan | May 12, 2011
Adobe has released an important update to its Flash Player software that fixes critical security flaws and gives users a better way of controlling whether they are being tracked on the Web.

The security updates, which affect all Flash platforms, are important. Flash has been used in a lot of online attacks over the past few years, and with this latest set of patches, Adobe said it's fixed a previously unknown flaw that had been leveraged in online attacks.

"There are reports of malware attempting to exploit one of the vulnerabilities, CVE-2011-0627, in the wild via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Word (.doc) or Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment targeting the Windows platform," Adobe said in a note posted to its website. "However, to date, Adobe has not obtained a sample that successfully completes an attack."

 

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