Adobe Announces New Security Problems, Open Sources Products
Article by George Norman
On 22 Jul 2009
Adobe makes the headlines this week with bad and good news. The bad news is that the California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products has brought to light new vulnerabilities affecting some of its products. To be more precise, the company is aware of an security hole in Adobe Reader 9.1.2, Acrobat Reader 9.1.2, Adobe Flash Player 9, and Adobe Flash Player 10.

“Adobe is aware of reports of a potential vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1.2 and Adobe Flash Player 9 and 10. We are currently investigating this potential issue and will have an update once we get more information,” explained Director of Product Security and Privacy with Adobe, Brad Arkin.

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Now that Adobe is mimicking Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday program, I would expect a fix to be released on the 11th of August. But if this issue turns out to be particularly troublesome, and by that I mean it will be actively exploited by people with malicious intent, the Adobe will most likely issue an update sooner. We’ll keep you posted when it happens.

Moving on to the good news section of this article, Adobe has open sourced two products for the Flash platform: Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) and Text Layout Framework (TLF). These two pieces of software have been launched under the Mozilla Public License as of yesterday, the 21st of July, 2009.

“Adobe is committed to providing core Flash Platform technologies to the community as open source. By releasing OSMF and TLF as open source, we are helping facilitate the creation and sharing of best practices for media players and rich text-based Web application development. We believe these efforts will strengthen the industry and lead to the next generation of Web applications, content and video experiences,” explained Director of Standards and Open Source with Adobe, Dave McAllister.



Tags: Adobe, Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Adobe Flash Player, Open Source Media Framework, OSMF, Text Layout Framework, TLF
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