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Adobe patches flaw in graphics tools

Problem affects only multiuser installations of popular graphics design applications.

A security flaw in Adobe Systems' popular graphics design software could allow an unauthorized user to change certain program files, the software maker said Thursday. The problem affects Adobe Creative Suite 2, Adobe Photoshop CS2 and Adobe Illustrator CS2 and occurs when the applications are run in shared, multiuser installations, according to an Adobe security advisory.

"If exploited, this vulnerability could allow a hostile user to replace these program files with malicious or harmful code that could read, write, or destroy sensitive data if subsequently run by a privileged user," Adobe said. The company rates the issue "important" and has updates available to correct the security problem. It recommends that customers using CS2 products on shared systems, running either Microsoft Windows or Mac OS, apply these updates.