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Adobe Releases First Security Updates of 2021 as It Blocks Flash Content

Adobe on Tuesday released its first round of security updates for 2021, just as the company starts blocking Flash content.

Adobe has patched a total of eight vulnerabilities across seven of its products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Campaign Classic, InCopy, Captivate and Bridge.

The company fixed two critical out-of-bounds write bugs in its digital asset management app Bridge. Both vulnerabilities can be exploited for arbitrary code execution in the context of the targeted user.

As for the remaining products, Adobe patched one vulnerability in each. Critical arbitrary code execution flaws were addressed in Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate and InCopy. A critical SSRF issue that can lead to sensitive information disclosure was fixed in Campaign Classic, and a privilege escalation bug rated important was patched in Captivate.

Adobe says there is no indication that the vulnerabilities patched on Tuesday have been exploited for malicious purposes and, based on the priority ratings assigned by the company to each update, it does not expect them to be leveraged by threat actors in their attacks.

Flash content blocked

On Tuesday, January 12, Adobe started blocking Flash content from running in Flash Player after the software reached end of life on December 31, 2020. Major web browser vendors are also disabling Flash Player and Adobe will remove all download links.

Flash Player vulnerabilities were often exploited by threat actors in their operations, but hackers increasingly started turning their attention to other software after Adobe, in mid-2017, announced plans to kill Flash.

In 2018, when threat groups were still targeting Flash vulnerabilities, Adobe released over a dozen security updates, but the number of updates dropped to six in 2019 and only three in 2020.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at 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.