Adobe Warns Hackers are Exploiting Flash Security Flaw

A new Flash security flaw has been discovered, and it looks like hackers are already taking advantage of it to gain control over victim’s computers. The vulnerability is apparently in Flash Player and earlier, and impacts Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9, too.

The exploit allows attackers to use maliciously crafted Flash content to crash the Flash player, and potentially take control of the affected computer. The exploit impacts the Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris versions of Flash Player, and the Mac, Windows and UNIX versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

“There are reports that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild against both Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat,” Adobe stated in a security advisory.

The news of the flaw comes as Adobe and Apple have been publicly sparring over the lack of Flash support for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, along with Apple’s policy that blocks compiling Flash-based applications for iPhone OS.

Adobe hasn’t announced a time frame yet for patching the security flaw.