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June 25th, 2009

Critical Adobe Shockwave Player Vulnerability Affects Millions

Adobe’s Shockwave Player contains a critical vulnerability that could be exploited by remote hackers to take complete control of Windows computers, according to a warning from the software maker. According to Adobe, 450 million Internet-enabled desktops have installed Adobe Shockwave Player.

This issue is remotely exploitable and affects Adobe Shockwave Player and earlier versions. According to Adobe’s advisory, this vulnerability could allow an attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability to take control of the affected system. Adobe has provided a solution for the reported vulnerability (CVE-2009-1860). This issue was previously resolved in Shockwave Player; the Shockwave Player update resolves a backwards compatibility mode variation of the issue with Shockwave Player 10 content.

To resolve this issue, Shockwave Player users on Windows should uninstall Shockwave version and earlier on their systems, restart, and install Shockwave version, available at

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