Microsoft’s security advisory reveals that Flash was also vulnerable to exploitation on Linux and Macs, allowing hackers to download malicious files from the Internet.
Flash is a popular browser plugin that allows websites to display pop-up ads and other content, and it’s used by millions of web browsers on Windows, Mac and Linux.
However, the malware researcher behind the vulnerability, who goes by the name “Pwn2Own”, told the Irish Times that he had discovered that the Adobe Flash plugin is also vulnerable on Linux.
The vulnerability was found in Adobe Flash Player 12.0.3, which is also used by most modern web browsers.
According to the advisory, a user would need to install a Flash Player update to remove the vulnerability.
The exploit allows attackers to download and execute arbitrary code on Linux or Mac computers.
The vulnerability is present in the Adobe plugin itself, not in the Flash Player itself.
It is possible that the exploit could be used to bypass anti-virus protection systems, the researcher said, adding that the attack could be made even easier by installing the Adobe Reader extension on Linux as well.
Affected systems: Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Mac OS X 10.9 or later and Ubuntu Linux 10.04.2 or laterSource: Microsoft (Updated: July 15, 2019)