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Adobe Patches Flaw in Connect Web Conferencing Software

An update released by Adobe for its Connect web conferencing software addresses over two dozen functionality bugs and one security flaw.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2016-4118, affects Adobe Connect 9.5.2 and earlier for Windows. The flaw has a priority rating of 3 because Connect is a product that historically has not been targeted by malicious actors.

The security hole, reported by Anand Bhat, is an untrusted search path issue affecting the Connect add-in installer. Malicious hackers could exploit the vulnerability to launch DLL loading attacks.

The issue has been fixed with the release of Adobe Connect 9.5.3. Since it’s a priority 3 flaw, Adobe advises administrators to install the update at their discretion.

This is the second security update released by Adobe for Connect this year. In February, the company patched a content spoofing issue (CVE-2016-0950), and an insufficient input validation flaw affecting a URL parameter (CVE-2016-0949). The update also included a feature designed to protect users against cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks. It’s worth noting that before the February update, vulnerabilities had not been found in Connect since 2008.

On the other hand, researchers keep finding numerous vulnerabilities in Adobe’s Acrobat, Reader and Flash Player products. This year, the company released three security updates for Acrobat and Reader, and four updates for Flash Player.

Two of the Flash Player updates patched zero-day flaws that had been exploited in the wild by malicious actors. An exploit for a vulnerability patched by Adobe on May 12 has already been integrated into the Neutrino and Magnitude exploit kits.

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Eduard Kovacs is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.