Adobe Patches Shockwave Player

Monday, March 17, 2014 @ 06:03 PM gHale

Shockwave Player just got an update from Adobe Systems in order to fix a critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to remotely take control of affected systems.

The vulnerability, identified as CVE-2014-0505, is the result of a memory corruption issue and can lead to arbitrary code execution. According to Adobe, the flaw ended up privately reported to the company and there are no reports of active exploits targeting it in the wild.

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Adobe recommends users of Adobe Shockwave Player and earlier versions to update to the newly released version, which is available for Windows and Mac, the company said Thursday.

The Shockwave Player update comes two days after Adobe released security patches for vulnerabilities in its more popular Flash Player product.

Shockwave Player installs a browser plug-in that’s needed to display interactive online content created with Adobe’s Director software. While it’s not as widespread as Flash Player, Shockwave Player is on over 450 million desktop computers according to Adobe, which makes it a potential target for hackers.

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