Adobe yesterday warned of new critical holes in Reader and Flash Player:
A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Flash Player version 10.0.42.34 and earlier. This vulnerability (CVE-2010-0186) could subvert the domain sandbox and make unauthorized cross-domain requests.
Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 10.0.42.34 and earlier versions update to Adobe Flash Player 10.0.45.2. Adobe recommends users of Adobe AIR version 126.96.36.1990 and earlier versions update to Adobe AIR 188.8.131.520.
Adobe is planning to release an update for Adobe Reader 9.3 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat 9.3 for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 8.2 and Acrobat 8.2 for Windows and Macintosh to resolve critical security issues, including the Flash Player issue described in Security Bulletin APSB10-06. Adobe expects to make these updates available on February 16, 2010.
I really wish there was more competition in the "Flash" player field. With Adobe's the only real solution at the moment, it's the Windows giant-target problem all over again. Endless exploits all aimed at the one thing that everyone will be running.
(I have tried SWFdec and Gnash but they both failed to make sense of the obscenely complex sites that prevail these days.)
If you need (or just enjoy) the "dynamic" content, make sure you're using something like the Firefox add-ons NoScript and "Request Policy" which make it much less likely you'll be stung by drive-by attacks.
Well, the problem is that so many websites can't simply post their information in HTML with "fancy Flash graphics". They want to turn the whole page into some application with attempts to protect their so-called "intellectual property" by making it impossible to copy and paste the text. I have tried running NoScript in Firefox, but so many websites end up looking strange without all the content displayed.
I don't mind seeing a "pretty page". I just wish more webmasters would be minimalists with regards to running scripts.