Adobe has issued an emergency patch for its Flash Player that will address a number of serious vulnerabilities.
The company explained there are three vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited by hackers to attack systems using Firefox. According to Computer World, the emergency patch will fix these problems.
Adobe explained in a recent bulletin:
“Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a website serving malicious Flash content. The exploit for CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 is designed to target the Firefox browser.”
Adobe has reportedly classified the vulnerabilities as a Priority 1, which is the company’s highest threat rating. Users on both Windows and Mac OS X are instructed to download and install the patch within the 72 hours.
Linux users have been assigned a Priority 3 rating. This particular classification refers to “a product that has historically not been a target for attackers.”
According to ZDNet, the security holes could cause a user’s system to crash. To make matters worse, the Flash Player vulnerabilities could allow a hacker to take control of the browser or the computer system itself.
The website also reports that FireEye researchers are warning folks not to open PDFs they have downloaded from unknown sources. It is currently believed that hackers are using a zero-day to exploit the latest version of Adobe Reader across a number of different platforms.
For more information about the emergency patch being issued for the Adobe Flash Player, be sure to read through the company’s official security bulletin. Are you concerned about these vulnerabilities?