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Adobe outdoes Microsoft in issuing security updates

For once, Microsoft's patching of 48 vulnerabilities as part of its monthly security updates was overshadowed by another company indulging in a similar exercise.

Adobe released a laundry load of patches for issues with Flash Player, Acrobat and Reader, Experience Manager and Digital Editions.

A total of 67 patches were released, with 43 being rated critical.

The patches are for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS and cover a multitude of Adobe products.

There are also patches for the digital editions of Adobe software used on iOS and Android systems.

The updates for Flash Player fixed a critical type confusion vulnerability that could lead to code execution and an important security bypass vulnerability that could lead to information disclosure.

The holes that were fixed in Adobe Acrobat and Reader could potentially allow an attacker to take over a system that was running the unpatched software.

The patches for Adobe Experience Manager fixed a moderate  file type validation vulnerability and two moderate information disclosure vulnerabilities. 

The updates for the digital editions resolved a critical heap buffer overflow that could lead to code execution, seven memory corruption vulnerabilities rated important that could lead to disclosure of memory addresses and an XML external entity processing vulnerability rated critical that could lead to information disclosure.

The company announced last month that it would be retiring Flash by the end of 2020, with end-of-life coming sooner in regions where outdated and unlicensed versions are being used.


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Sam Varghese

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.