Adobe has reversed its decision not to offer patches for vulnerabilities in some of its products in a bid to quell consumers' fury.
The company said it will offer fixes for eight vulnerabilities in the Illustrator and Flash Professional CS5.5 and the older Photoshop CS5.
"We are in the process of resolving the vulnerabilities addressed in these security bulletins in Adobe Illustrator CS5.x, Adobe Photoshop CS5.x and Adobe Flash Professional CS5.x, and will update the respective security bulletins once the patches are available," Adobe confirmed in a blog post.
The patches address bugs that could be exploited by cyber criminals to remotely target Adobe product users.
Last week, Adobe stated that it would not be releasing free updates, as there had been no history of hackers using these types of vulnerabilities to attack users' systems. It advised users to pay to upgrade to its recently released Creative Suite 6 (CS6), which is not affected by the flaws.
"Adobe justified its decision by the fact that there is no working exploit for all these vulnerabilities addressed in the paid upgrade. Although in IT security nothing can be more wrong than this way of thinking," Marta Janus, a researcher at Kaspersky Lab told V3.
"If we are ‘unaware’ of something, it doesn't mean that it does not really exist."
Adobe declined to give further detail on why it reversed its decision.
The fact that the company wanted consumers to pay for the fixes led to a backlash by both businesses and consumers.
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