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Google Chrome Flash Vulnerability Makes Webcams Vulnerable

by S.Roy on June 19, 2013

Security researchers have detected a Flash-based vulnerability in the Google Chrome browser that lets hackers take control of microphones and webcams through click-jacking. And that can be done in a way smooth enough not to arouse any suspicion in you.

The security loophole was supposed to have been fixed in October 2011 by Adobe. But it has appeared again due to a new vulnerability involving plug-ins for Flash Player browsers. In this type of attack, a transparent Flash element is placed on a web page. When a Chrome user clicks on the element, an attacker can easily gain control over the microphone and webcam of that system. This is similar to regular clickjacking.

Once attackers gain control over your webcam and microphone, they can see and hear you as they can gain access to Camera/Audio channel.

The problem can be exploited in any operating system – Windows, Linux, OS X or even Chrome OS. However, if you are using any other browser other than Chrome, such as Opera, Firefox or IE, you need not worry about this security loophole. Other browsers handle transparency in a different manner than Chrome. The issue seems to be restricted to Flash Player for Google Chrome.

Heather Edell, spokeswoman for the Adobe security team, said that Google is trying to resolve the flaw and is planning to provide a fix this week.

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