Adobe moves to patch zero-day XSS vulnerability

Seemingly a bit slow on the uptake where keeping its Flash Player protected from outside intrusion is concerned, Adobe has moved to patch a zero-day vulnerability that’s apparently already being exploited by hackers.

“There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious link delivering in an email message,” outlined Adobe in its official advisory.

“This universal cross-site scripting issue could be used to take actions on a user’s behalf on any website provider, if the user visits a malicious website,” it added.

The cross-site scripting fix in question (CVE-2011-2444)—which addresses a glitch similar to one used to strike at Gmail accounts back in June—was rolled out yesterday alongside a total of five others.

According to Adobe, four of the other five fixes close holes that could also allow attackers to execute potentially damaging code on targeted systems.

Adobe’s patch is compatible with Flash Player version 10.3.183.7 and earlier and has been released for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris. It also functions with Flash Player 10.3.186.6 and earlier on devices running Google Android.

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