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Adobe flash vulnerability has wide implications

Symantec : 23 July, 2007  (Technical Article)
Recently discovered vulnerability in Adobe Flash can extend beyond Windows devices to other platforms such as Apple Mac and Linux applications.
Symantec has verified that a recently identified Adobe Flash vulnerability can also affect the Nintendo Wii console, through its Opera internet browser. The vulnerability has already been tested on Windows, Apple Mac, and some Linux programmes, but it is thought that many other Flash-enabled devices could also be affected by the problem. The exploit reflects the increasing use of cross-platform hacks that will not only leave Wii's and other online-enabled consoles vulnerable, but also devices such as advanced smartphones.

Upon running the exploit, the Wii console completely freezes while browsing a specially crafted video. Symantec Security Response has posted a YouTube video that shows the different effects of this bug on different platforms, including Windows, Apple Mac and the Nintendo Wii.

The vulnerability also underlines an increasingly popular attack method for hackers, using the .FLV format to snare YouTube and other video site users. .FLV files can be uploaded to video hosting sites, at which point anyone who attempts to watch that video using a vulnerable flash player will be affected.

While a public exploit of this vulnerability for the Windows platform was posted on a popular exploit Web site, there is no evidence of public exploits for Linux or Mac so far, and the possibility of successfully executing code on Wii is still thought to be far away. However, Symantec noted that this new bug presents console hackers with another weak point to exploit.

To keep yourself safe, Symantec recommends to update your Flash Player with the latest patches from Adobe.
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