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(Unpatched) Adobe Flash Player Zero-Day Exploit Spotted in the Wild

(Unpatched) Adobe Flash Player Zero-Day Exploit Spotted in the Wild

February 02, 2018Mohit Kumar
Another reason to uninstall Adobe Flash Player—a new zero-day Flash Player exploit has reportedly been spotted in the wild by North Korean hackers. South Korea's Computer Emergency Response Team (KR-CERT) issued an alert Wednesday for a new Flash Player zero-day vulnerability that's being actively exploited in the wild by North Korean hackers to target Windows users in South Korea. Simon Choi of South Korea-based cybersecurity firm Hauri first reported the campaign on Twitter, saying the North Korean hackers have been using the Flash zero-day against South Koreans since mid-November 2017. Although Choi did not share any malware sample or details about the vulnerability, the researcher said the attacks using the new Flash zero-day is aimed at South Korean individuals who focus on researching North Korea. Adobe also released an advisory on Wednesday, which said the zero-day is exploiting a critical 'use-after-free' vulnerability (CVE-2018-4878) in its Flash
Microsoft and Adobe Rolls Out Critical Security Updates - Patch Now!

Microsoft and Adobe Rolls Out Critical Security Updates - Patch Now!

September 14, 2016Swati Khandelwal
In Brief You should not miss this month’s Patch Updates, as it brings fixes for critical issues in Adobe Flash Player, iOS, Xcode, the Apple Watch, Windows, Internet Explorer, and the Edge browser. Adobe has rolled out a critical update to address several issues, most of which are Remote Code Execution flaws, in its widely-used Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS. Whereas, Microsoft has released 14 security updates to fix a total of 50 vulnerabilities in Windows and related software. First of all, if you have Adobe Flash Player installed and have not yet updated your software plugin, you are playing with fire. Critical Flash Vulnerabilities Affect Windows, Mac, Linux and ChromeOS Adobe has released its l atest round of security patches to address critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and ChromeOS. The Flash vulnerabilities could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the vulnerable system. So, users are
Patch now! Adobe releases Emergency Security Updates for Flash Player

Patch now! Adobe releases Emergency Security Updates for Flash Player

December 29, 2015Wang Wei
The Adobe Flash Player just said goodbye to the year with another bunch of vulnerability patches. Adobe released an out-of-band security update on Monday to address Nineteen ( 19 ) vulnerabilities in its Flash Player, including one ( CVE-2015-8651 ) that is being exploited in the wild. All the programming loopholes could be abused to execute malicious code (here malicious Flash file on a web page) on victims' computers in order to hijack an unpatched PC or Mac entirely. So, if you are running the Flash Player plugin on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, or Chrome OS, it is time for you to upgrade your system as soon as possible before criminals start taking advantage of the bugs. Here're the details of the Flash's 19 security vulnerabilities patched in the emergency APSB16-01 update posted Monday afternoon: A Type Confusion Vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution ( CVE-2015-8644 ) An Integer Overflow Vulnerability that also leads to code e
Adobe to Kill 'FLASH', but by Just Renaming it as 'Adobe Animate CC'

Adobe to Kill 'FLASH', but by Just Renaming it as 'Adobe Animate CC'

December 02, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Adobe is Finally Killing FLASH, but not actually. Adobe Flash made the Internet a better place with slick graphics, animation, games and applications, but it never stood a chance of surviving in the same world as HTML5. Of course, Flash has plagued with various stability and security issues , which is why developers had hated the technology for years. So, now it's time to say GoodBye to Adobe Flash Professional CC, and Welcome Adobe Animate CC . Meet the new Flash, Adobe Animate CC , same as the old Flash, and still insecure mess. Adobe Animate CC Embraces HTML5 Adobe has officially announced that "over a third of all content created in Flash Professional today uses HTML5," so the company is acknowledging the shift with the new name. Adobe Animate CC — Adobe's Premier Web animation tool for developing HTML5 content . Yes, that's what the company has the focus on. The application – mostly looks like an update to the Fla
Recently Patched Adobe Flash Versions Hit by Another Zero-day Exploit

Recently Patched Adobe Flash Versions Hit by Another Zero-day Exploit

October 14, 2015Mohit Kumar
Does Adobe Flash , the standard that animated the early Web, needs to Die? Unfortunately, Yes. Despite Adobe’s best efforts, Flash is not safe anymore for Internet security, as a recent zero-day Flash exploit has been identified. Just Yesterday Adobe released its monthly patch update that addressed a total of 69 critical vulnerabilities in Reader, Acrobat, including 13 critical patches for Flash Player. Now today, Security researchers have disclosed a new zero-day vulnerability in fully patched versions of Adobe Flash, which is currently being exploited in the wild by a Russian state-sponsored hacking groups, named “ Pawn Storm ”. NO Patch For Latest Flash Exploit That means, even users with an entirely up-to-date installation ( versions 19.0.0.185 and 19.0.0.207 ) of the Flash software are also vulnerable to the latest zero-day exploit. Luckily, for the time being, this exploit is only being used against Government agencies and several foreign affairs
Second Flash Player Zero-day Exploit found in 'Hacking Team' Dump

Second Flash Player Zero-day Exploit found in 'Hacking Team' Dump

July 12, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Another Flash zero-day exploit has emerged from the hundreds of gigabytes of data recently leaked from Hacking Team , an Italian surveillance software company that is long been accused of selling spying software to governments and intelligence agencies. The critical zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash is a Use-After-Free() programming flaw ( CVE-2015-5122 ) which is similar to the CVE-2015-5119 Flash vulnerability patched last week and allows an attacker to hijack vulnerable computers. Adobe says the cyber criminals are apparently already exploiting this vulnerability for which no patch exists yet. However, it's second time in a single week when the company is working on a fix for the zero-day vulnerability in its Flash Player software. Flash Zero-Day Flaw in the Wild The Exploit code for this flaw is already available online, allowing an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on victims' computers and install malware, Adobe said in an advisory pub
Hacking Team Flash Zero-Day Linked to Cyber Attacks on South Korea and Japan

Hacking Team Flash Zero-Day Linked to Cyber Attacks on South Korea and Japan

July 09, 2015Wang Wei
The corporate data leaked in the recent cyber attack on the infamous surveillance software firm Hacking Team has revealed that the Adobe Flash zero-day (CVE-2015-5119) exploit has already been added to several exploit kits. Security researchers at Trend Micro have discovered evidences of the Adobe Flash zero-day (CVE-2015-5119) exploit being used in a number of exploit kits before the vulnerability was publicly revealed in this week's data breach on the spyware company. The successful exploitation of the zero-day Flash vulnerability could cause a system crash, potentially allowing an attacker to take full control of the affected system. Adobe Flash Zero-Day Targeted Japan and Korea According to the researchers, the zero-day exploit, about which the rest of the world got access on Monday, was apparently used in limited cyber attacks on South Korea and Japan . "In late June, [Trend Micro] learned that a user in Korea was the attempted target of various
Zero-Day Flash Player Exploit Disclosed in 'Hacking Team' Data Dump

Zero-Day Flash Player Exploit Disclosed in 'Hacking Team' Data Dump

July 07, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The Recent Cyber Attack that exposed 400GB of corporate data belonging to surveillance software firm Hacking Team has revealed that the spyware company have already discovered an exploit for an unpatched zero-day vulnerability in Flash Player. Security researchers at Trend Micro claim that the leaked data stolen from Hacking Team , an Italian company that sells surveillance software to government agencies, contains a number of unpatched and unreported Adobe flaws. Hacking Team has Unpatched Flash Bug  While analyzing the leaked data dump, researchers discovered at least three software exploits – two for Adobe Flash Player and one for Microsoft's Windows kernel. Out of two, one of the Flash Player vulnerabilities, known as Use-after-free vulnerability with CVE-2015-0349 , has already been patched. However, the Hacking Team described the other Flash Player exploit, which is a zero-day exploit with no CVE number yet, as "the most beautiful Flash bug for
Adobe Releases Emergency Patch for Flash Zero-Day Vulnerability

Adobe Releases Emergency Patch for Flash Zero-Day Vulnerability

June 25, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Adobe has rolled out an emergency software patch for its Flash Player to patch a critical zero-day vulnerability that is already exploited by the hackers in the wild. The company said the flaw could potentially allow hackers to take control of the affected system and that it had evidence of " limited, targeted attacks " exploiting the flaw. Therefore, Adobe is urging users and administrators to update their software immediately. About the Zero-day Flaw: The vulnerability, assigned CVE-2015-3113 , is a remote code execution bug that enables hackers to take control of an affected computer system. Cyber crooks are already exploiting this zero-day vulnerability in the wild in an effort to hijack computers, targeting systems running Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and Firefox on Windows XP . The vulnerability was discovered and reported by FireEye researchers, who first noticed the flaw actively exploiting in a phishing campaign to target companies
Adobe Flash Player Update Patches 11 Critical Vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash Player Update Patches 11 Critical Vulnerabilities

March 13, 2015Swati Khandelwal
After the latest Microsoft Patch Tuesday updates that came with important patches for Stuxnet and FREAK encryption-downgrade attack , now its time to update your Adobe Flash Player. Adobe has rolled-out an update for its popular Flash Player software that patches a set of 11 critical security vulnerabilities in its program, most of which potentially allow hackers to remotely execute arbitrary code on vulnerable systems. AFFECTED SOFTWARE All versions prior to the latest version 17.0.0.134 of the Flash Player are affected on Windows and Mac OS X machines. Therefore, Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer 10 and 11 on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, should automatically update to the newest version 17.0.0.134. In addition, Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.442 for Linux and Flash Player Extended Support Release 13.0.0.269 for Windows and Mac OS X are also affected by the vulnerabilities. So, users of Flash Player on Linux should update
CASPER Surveillance Malware Linked to French Government

CASPER Surveillance Malware Linked to French Government

March 05, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Last month, cyber security researchers spotted a new strain of french surveillance malware, dubbed " Babar ," which revealed that even French Government and its spying agency the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE) is dedicatedly involved in conducting surveillance operation just like the United States — NSA and United Kingdom — GCHQ . A powerful piece of surveillance malware, known as " Casper ," has recently been discovered by the Canadian security researchers that once again point fingers at the French government. CASPER SURVEILLANCE MALWARE LINKED TO FRANCE The newly discovered sophisticated Casper surveillance malware is believed to be developed by France based hacking group suspected to have ties with the French government, according to the report published by Motherboard . Report suggests that French hacking group have developed ‘ Swiss Army knife of spying tools ’ which has been used by French government to conduct multipl
Another Unpatched Adobe Flash Zero-Day vulnerability Exploited in the Wild

Another Unpatched Adobe Flash Zero-Day vulnerability Exploited in the Wild

February 02, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Warning for Adobe users! Another zero-day vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Flash Player   that is actively being exploited by cyber crooks in drive-by download attacks, security researchers warned today. This is for the third time in last few weeks when Adobe is dealing with a zero day vulnerability in Flash Player. The Adobe Flash Player Vulnerability identified as CVE-2015-0313 , exists in the latest version of Flash Player, i.e. version 16.0.0.296 and earlier. In late January, Adobe released an updated version of its Flash player software that patches zero-day vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2015-0311 , spotted by French security researcher Kafeine. This Adobe Flash Player Vulnerability was also being actively exploited via Malvertisement and drive-by-download attacks. In case of a "drive-by-download" attack, an attacker downloads a malicious software to a victim's computer without their knowledge or explicit consent. As a result, the flaw cou
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