CS3 Installer Poses Mac OS X Firewall Security Issue

by , 11:40 AM EDT, May 18th, 2007

Adobe issued a security warning on Thursday for Mac OS X users installing Adobe Version Cue CS3 Server. The Adobe installer can disable the Mac's built-in firewall during the installation process, potentially leaving the computer open to malicious attacks.

Version Cue CS3 Server is included with Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium, Design Standard, Web Premium and Web Standard.

Adobe stated that the installer disables the built-in firewall in order to set up Version Cue Server. The security advisory company Secunia elaborated on Adobe's statement and added that the installer disables the firewall in order to create specific network ports for controlled access for Version Cue's components.

Adobe's workaround for the security issue is to manually re-enable the Mac OS X firewall. If you aren't sure how to enable your Mac's built-in firewall, check out our TMO Quick Tip that explains what to do.