Adobe has released a patch for its ubiquitous Flash player to address at least five vulnerabilities that could enable an attacker to take control of an affected system and execute arbitrary code. The vulnerabilities, most of which are rated as “critical” by the company, could also lead to a DoS attack or contribute to clickjacking according to Adobe’s security advisory.
Flash vulnerabilities are particularly dangerous due to its widespread use across the web for rich internet applications and banner advertisements. These exploits affect Adobe Flash Player 10.0.12.36 and earlier versions on Windows or Mac systems and they also affect Adobe Flash Player 10.0.15.3 and earlier versions on Linux. Users of Flash player on all three platforms are advised to download the latest version, 10.0.22.87, from the company’s website.