It was the latest in a long line of security holes in Adobe Flash, which was on this occasion put to malicious purpose by the Pawn Storm hacking gang, who historically have targeted government, military and media organisations in the United States, Ukraine, and across Europe.
In a security advisory, Adobe initially said that it hoped to issue a fix for the vulnerability this week (in other words, the week beginning Monday 19th October).
However, it actually managed to push out the patch ahead of schedule on Friday 16th October instead.
I’m no fan of Adobe Flash, and have long urged users to remove it from their computers or at the very least limit its ability to assist hackers in spreading malware.
But we should give credit where it’s due. Although it would have been great if Flash hadn’t had the vulnerability in the first place, Adobe was able to deliver a security patch days ahead of what it had previously promised.
And in an internet-connected world, minutes, hours and days can make a big difference.
So, and I’ll take a deep breath here, well done Adobe.
Will it be long before Flash is exploited again? I shouldn’t think so.
Should you remove Adobe Flash from your computers? In many cases that would seem sensible to me.
Should you remove Adobe Shockwave from your PCs? Undoubtedly. Adobe has long shipped versions of Shockwave with seriously out-of-date components of Flash embedded within.
Should you at the very least minimise how much Flash can expose you to threats? Definitely. Consider enabling “Click to play”.