Installing Creative Suite 3 on a Mac can turn its firewall off, leaving it open to potential attacks by hackers, Digital Arts has learned.

To install the Version Cue asset management module, the CS3 installer turns off the firewall so it can embed the software deep within Mac OS X. It should turn the firewall back on after installing Version Cue, but a tech note on the Adobe Web site states that this doesn't always happen.

Though not as much of an issue as it would be on Windows, as worms and other hacker technologies that can affect the Mac are rare, having the firewall turned off does leave a Mac much more open to hackers stealing data or installing their own software.

The Tech Note says that fixing the issue is merely a matter of the user going to the Mac's Firewall setting in Mac OS X's System Preferences and ensuring that the Firewall is on after installing CS3.

The recently-released Design and Web Creative Suite 3 bundles introduce new versions of Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Bridge.