Protect your PC from Adobe Reader/Flash vulnerability

Adobe has announced a critical vulnerability in Reader 9.3.2 and earlier, and Flash Player and earlier, that could let attackers take control of users PCs.

There is no patch available at this time, but Adobe suggests installing Flash Player 10.1 (currently in release candidate status) to mitigate the risk. For Reader and Acrobat (on Windows):

Deleting, renaming, or removing access to the authplay.dll file that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x mitigates the threat for those products, but users will experience a non-exploitable crash or error message when opening a PDF file that contains SWF content.

The authplay.dll that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows is typically located at C:Program FilesAdobeReader 9.0Readerauthplay.dll for Adobe Reader or C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 9.0Acrobatauthplay.dll for Acrobat.

Flash Player 10, Silverlight 2 available now

Microsoft has released the final version of Silverlight, its proprietary rich internet application platform that, according to Microsoft, is already present in about one fourth of all desktop computers.

It’s a 4.6 MB download available for Windows and Mac OS X from Microsoft Silverlight web site.

Just on the heels of Silverlight release, Adobe has released the final version of Flash Player 10 which introduces new 3D effects, advanced audio processing, more text layout control options and the possibility to use visual effects created with Adobe Pixel Bender, among other enhancements.

Adobe Flash Player 10 is available as a 1.8 MB download for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

More details at eWeek.