If you happen to be using early versions of the 2017 or 2018 Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud, you might want to update your software asap.
Last week, Adobe announced that two “critical” security vulnerabilities were found on Photoshop CC 2017 and 2018. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware. In other words, if your computer is affected, it would be possible for hackers to access your device.
The bugs have been marked as a type “3” priority; according to Adobe it means that they haven’t typically been a target for hackers. It also means the vulnerabilities aren’t found in high-risk areas in the product that are actively being targeted by hackers.
It should be noted that these vulnerabilities were not part of August 2018 security patch updates released by the company last week to address a total of 11 security flaws in its Flash Player, Acrobat and Reader, Experience Manager, and Creative Cloud. However, only two of the security bugs patched in this month’s update were deemed critical in severity, while none of the flaws have been exploited.
These bugs, however, reside in both the Windows and MacOS versions of Photoshop CC:
- Photoshop CC 2018: Version 19.1.5 and earlier
- Photoshop CC 2017: Version 18.1.5 and earlier
Luckily, Adobe has just released updates for 18.1.6 and 19.1.6 that resolve these issues. To get the fix for the Photoshop vulnerabilities, you’ll need to go to the company’s website and download the out of band patch designed specifically to address this issue as soon as possible.
Daniel is an Art Director and Graphic Designer with over a decade of experience in advertising and marketing in the Greater Toronto Area.