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Critical Zero-day bug in Adobe Flash

An Adobe security advisory issued on Monday April 11, 2011 states that attackers are actively exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in the Flash Player by embedding the attack code within a Microsoft Word document sent as an attachment. The vulnerability could cause a crash and potentially allow the attacker to take control of the affected computer.  According to an analysis on the Microsoft site, the attachments have been named "Fukushima.doc" or "evaluation about Fukushima Nuclear Accident.zip".  As always, you should use caution when opening files received as email attachment even when the emails appear to come from people you know.  If you are interested, you can read more about this critical vulnerability on the Adobe site or the Microsoft site (links below).

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa11-02.html

http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2011/04/12/analysis-of-the-cve-2011-0611-adobe-flash-player-vulnerability-exploitation.aspx

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