Adobe Plugs Up Six "Critical" Security Holes in Flash Player

Paul Lilly

Call it the Swiss cheese of software if you will, but Adobe this week managed to idenfity and no less than six vulnerabilities in its Flash Player platform affecting versions and earlier.

"These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," Adobe warns in a security bulletin.

This is the third round of updates for Adobe's Flash Player so far in 2010, which is found on an estimated 99 percent of PCs. Earlier updates in March and June plugged up another 33 security holes, bringing the total to 39 for the year.

Going forward, Adobe might switch to a quarterly schedule and pre-patch warning system, like it does with its Reader and Acrobat software.

"We are evaluating the possibility of aligning the patch cycles for other Adobe products with Patch Tuesdays," said Adobe spokeswoman Wiebke Lips .

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