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Clickjacking Fears Dent Adobe's Flash Security and Privacy Credentials

Adobe has come up with a security alert about its Flash software which warns its users about an exploit called clickjacking.

Clickjacking essentially involves subverting a web page in a manner such that when a user clicks on a link he is directed to a site that hackers want him to visit.

Adobe is currently working to rectify the vulnerability and has credited a number of engineers including Jeremiah Grossman and Robert Hansen of White Hat security of helping it in this endeavour.

Interestingly, Jeremiah and Robert had planned to present the flaw in a security conference and were prevailed upon by Adobe, not to do so till a workaround is devised.

In a related statement, Jeremiah mentioned that the responsibility solving clickjacking issues did not solely rest with Adobe and mentioned “Everyone including browser vendors, Adobe (plus other plug-in vendors), website owners and web users all need their own solutions to assist.”

Experts acknowledge that clickjacking attacks can allow hackers a great deal of leverage in compromising the privacy and data security of user and can go to the extent of controlling a computer’s webcam and utilising it as a surveillance device.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.