Almost two-million people vulnerable to flaws in Adobe software

Posted on August 27, 2009. Filed under: Computer, News, Super Fast Updates, Web | Tags: , , , , , |


    Two weeks after Adobe released a critical patch for Flash and Acrobat Reader Trusteer research shows that almost 80% of Internet users are still vulnerable. This is the biggest security hole on the Internet today and the failure of Adobe to address it in a
timely manner is extremely troubling.

       Adobe says that 99-percent of Internet users run Flash. Security vendor Trusteer, using measurements from 2.5 million clients in North America and Europe, can confirm Adobe’s claim, as 98.8-percent of their customers have Flash active in their browsers. Of those 98.8 percent with Flash, Trusteer says that 80-percent (1,976,000) were using an outdated version of Flash. In addition, 84-percent were using an outdated version of Adobe Reader.

      “Targeting Flash and Acrobat vulnerabilities is extremely efficient since it enables criminals to target 99% of Internet users. By comparison, targeting vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer
only reaches approximately 65% of Internet users. While Firefox–based attacks only reach 30%. Given these numbers, it is not surprising that criminals are much more focused today on Flash and Acrobat.” commented Trusteer on a report on Adobe Problem

       Adobe is working to address the problem, but Trusteer says the difficulty is in their update mechanism, “…which lags industry standards for effectively distributing security patches to the field.”

     Today, Users are well aware of the threats online. Most of them know the basics and keywords associated with these threats. Why not use that to an advantage and offer explanations in simple to follow language as to why a user must update their software?

    While it is easy to sit on the sidelines and make suggestions, the only ideas that matter will come from Adobe.

      To read more here is Trusteer Report and one thing is not addressed in the Trusteer report, which can be found here, is whether Trusteer alerted their clients who were vulnerable and explained why they needed to update. One has to hope that they did.

     Everyone else take five minutes and check to see if your Adobe software is updated. You can do so by visiting and clicking the Get Flash Player and the Get Adobe Reader links on the right site of the page.


3 Responses to “Almost two-million people vulnerable to flaws in Adobe software”

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I like Your Opinion Friend.

@jeannet pardent thanks and i hope you’ve updated your adobe software.

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