Photoshop: Adobe Generator node application being flagged as insecure and needing update

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Adobe included Generator in a recent update. It is now being flagged as insecure and needing an update. I don't and probably never will use Generator and would like to know how to uninstall or disable it. If that's not possible, the best way to update Node -- if you download the update from the Joyent site, by default it does not install in Photoshop. What do you suggest we do regarding updates for Node?
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isabelle green

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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Isabelle, what OS/version are you on?

What virus/scanning app or utility is giving you that warning? It's likely a false positive and we can work with the maker to correctly whitelist.

You can disable Generator by selecting Preferences>Plug-ins... and uncheck "Enable Generator"
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isabelle green

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have you had a chance to look into this, Jeffrey? Is an update for this application coming from Adobe?
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isabelle green

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Win7 Professional 64bit -- Photoshop CC 2014

The application is Secunia PSI. I checked, and there is a more recent version of Node available (v0.10.32-x64).

http://secunia.com/vulnerability_scan...

Just wanted to be sure the version you installed is not a security risk. I am not a very sophisticated Photoshop user, I'm afraid.

Thank you for such a quick reply. ♫
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isabelle green

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Checking on whether you have had a chance to look into this, Jeffrey. Is Adobe going to update the application?
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Michael Ziegler

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My system: Windows 10 64bit on both, Desktop and on Laptop, Photoshop CC 2015

The problem was reported 11 month ago and there is no resolution by Adobe! You set your CC Users to unnecessary risk. Was the Adobe break not hard enough to learn from it? I don't want again get my credit card attacked and my email address turned into a spam receiver!

At minimum version 0.10.40 shall be installed. But how do we know what side effects are possible? There are 2 different versions installed:

1: node.exe Version 0.10.36.0, size 5.521.792 Bytes in C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Creative Cloud\CCLibrary\libs, seems to be a 32bit version

2: node.exe Version 0.10.37.0, size 6.599.040 Bytes in C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015, seems to be a 64bit version

How shall we handle this? Will Adobe make an update available?
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I am hoping Adobe will finally address this issue.
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Michael Ziegler

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Because Adobe isn't able to help the customers I helped myself this way:

Disclaimer: I'm not responsible for any problems if anyone follows my description. I only use Photoshop CC 2015 and Lightroom CC. So I don't know if there will be trouble with any other part of the creative cloud!

- download the file node.exe version 0.10.40 from https://nodejs.org/dist/v0.10.40/
- as administrator open a cmd.exe
- move the old file version of node.exe to another folder
- copied the new version into C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe Creative Cloud\CCLibrary\libs
- store the old node.exe into a zip archive to have a backup if something fails
- delete the old node.exe from Harddisk to satisfy Secunia PSI (and myself)

The bad thing is if there will be any problem with the version 0.10.40 in photoshop it will be hard to identify if it is this version of node.exe or another problem. That is why I hold the backup of the old version to step back if any unknown problem arises. But until now it works. Hold my fingers crossed