Adobe is in trouble, following a data leak from a controversial Italian Company called Hacking Team, resulting in the exposure of a major vulnerability in Adobe Flash, which the Hacking Team referred to as “the most beautiful Flash bug for the last four years.”
Adobe has since released a security warning, identifying the severity of the bug as critical.
To put things into perspective, Adobe categorizes a critical vulnerability as “a vulnerability, which, if exploited would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.” In their official statement, Adobe said that “successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. “
The problem is expected to be patched by Adobe on Wednesday, July 8th, but until then, concerned users of Adobe Flash can disable the program by adhering to the following procedures (based on their internet browsers):
Internet Explorer versions 10 and 11
- Open Internet Explorer.
- Click on the “Tools” menu, and then click “Manage add-ons”.
- Under “Show”, select “All add-ons”.
- Select “Shockwave Flash Object” and then click on the “Disable” button.
- Open Firefox.
- Open the browser menu and click “Add-ons”.
- Select the “Plugins” tab.
- Select “Shockwave Flash” and click “Disable”.
- Type “chrome:plugins” in the address bar to open the page.
- On the Plug-ins page that appears, find the “Flash” listing.
- To disable Adobe Flash Player completely, click the “Disable” link under its name.
- To enable Adobe Flash Player, click the “Enable” link under its name.
Additionally, users of Chrome can enable the “Click to Play” feature, which will disable plugins such as Adobe Flash by default, and require the User to manually enable the content to load by clicking it. “Click to Play” can be enabled by taking the following steps:
- Open Chrome Preferences/Settings.
- Scroll to the bottom and click Show Advanced Settings (Note: this link will say Hide Advanced Settings if you have previously revealed them).
- Privacy section.
- Content Settings.
- Plug-ins section.
- Select Click to Play.