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Adobe Releases Security Patches For Critical Flash Player Vulnerabilities

Adobe Releases Security Patches For Critical Flash Player Vulnerabilities
September 10, 2019Wang Wei
It's Patch Tuesday again—the day of the month when both Adobe and Microsoft release security patches for vulnerabilities in their software. Adobe has just released its monthly security updates to address a total of 3 security vulnerabilities in only two of its products this time—Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Application Manager (AAM). None of the security vulnerabilities patched this month in Adobe products is being exploited in the wild. The latest update for Adobe Flash Player , the software that will receive security patch updates until the end of 2020, this month addresses two critical vulnerabilities and affects Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS versions of the software. Both the critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player, listed below, lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user, allowing attackers to take complete control over targeted systems. Same-origin method execution (CVE-2019-8069) Use-after-free (CVE-2019-8070) Both the vuln

New Adobe Flash Zero-Day Exploit Found Hidden Inside MS Office Docs

New Adobe Flash Zero-Day Exploit Found Hidden Inside MS Office Docs
December 06, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a new zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player that hackers are actively exploiting in the wild as part of a targeted campaign appears to be attacking a Russian state health care institution. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-15982 , is a use-after-free flaw resides in Flash Player that, if exploited successfully, allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the targeted computer and eventually gain full control over the system. The newly discovered Flash Player zero-day exploit was spotted last week by researchers inside malicious Microsoft Office documents, which were submitted to online multi-engine malware scanning service VirusTotal from a Ukrainian IP address. The maliciously crafted Microsoft Office documents contain an embedded Flash Active X control in its header that renders when the targeted user opens it, causing exploitation of the reported Flash player vulnerability. According to cybersecurity researchers, neit

Adobe Issues Patch for Actively Exploited Flash Player Zero-Day Exploit

Adobe Issues Patch for Actively Exploited Flash Player Zero-Day Exploit
June 07, 2018Mohit Kumar
If you have already uninstalled Flash player, well done! But if you haven't, here's another great reason for ditching it. Adobe has released a security patch update for a critical vulnerability in its Flash Player software that is actively being exploited in the wild by hackers in targeted attacks against Windows users. Independently discovered last week by several security firms—including ICEBRG ,  Qihoo 360  and Tencent—the Adobe Flash player zero-day attacks have primarily been targeting users in the Middle East using a specially crafted Excel spreadsheet. "The hackers carefully constructed an Office document that remotely loaded Flash vulnerability. When the document was opened, all the exploit code and malicious payload were delivered through remote servers," Qihoo 360 published vulnerability analysis in a blog post. The stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2018-5002, impacts Adobe Flash Player 29.0.0.171 and earlier versions on

Adobe Patches Two Critical RCE Vulnerabilities in Flash Player

Adobe Patches Two Critical RCE Vulnerabilities in Flash Player
September 12, 2017Unknown
Adobe may kill Flash Player by the end of 2020, but until then, the company would not stop providing security updates to the buggy software . As part of its monthly security updates, Adobe has released patches for eight security vulnerabilities in its three products, including two vulnerabilities in Flash Player, four in ColdFusion, and two in RoboHelp—five of these are rated as critical. Both of the Adobe Flash Player vulnerabilities can be exploited for remote code execution on the affected device, and both have been classified as critical. None of the patched vulnerabilities has reportedly been exploited in the wild, according to the company. The critical Flash Player flaws are tracked as CVE-2017-11281 and CVE-2017-11282 and were discovered by Mateusz Jurczyk and Natalie Silvanovich of Google Project Zero, respectively. Both the security vulnerabilities are memory corruption issues that could lead to remote code execution and affect all major operating system, includi

Adobe is Finally Killing FLASH — At the End of 2020!

Adobe is Finally Killing FLASH — At the End of 2020!
July 26, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Finally, Adobe is Killing FLASH — the software that helped make the Internet a better place with slick graphics, animation, games and applications and bring online video to the masses, but it has been hated for years by people and developers over its buggy nature . But the end of an era for Adobe Flash is near. Adobe announced Tuesday that the company would stop providing updates and stop distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020. The move has been applauded by many, as Adobe Flash has been infamous for frequent zero-day attacks , which is why it has long been one of the favourite tools for hackers and cyber criminals. It's been two decades since Adobe Flash has ruled the Web Space Animation Arena, which was the de facto standard for playing the online videos, but hackers increasingly found ways to exploit security holes in the technology and hack into user's computers. "We will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020 and encoura

Microsoft releases update for Flash Player, but leaves two disclosed Flaws Unpatched

Microsoft releases update for Flash Player, but leaves two disclosed Flaws Unpatched
February 22, 2017Mohit Kumar
Microsoft on Tuesday released security update (KB 4010250) to patch flaws in Adobe Flash Player for its customers using Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1 and later, as well as Edge for Windows 10, but two already disclosed flaws remain unpatched. Just last week, Microsoft announced that its February patches would be delayed until March due to a last minute issue, a move that led to Google publishing details of an unpatched Windows bug . However, the software giant emailed a handful of big business to alert them to the incoming patches on Monday, advising them to update their systems as soon as possible. The security patches are now available to all Windows customers over Windows Update, and " No other security updates are scheduled for release until the next scheduled monthly update release on March 14, 2017 ," Microsoft says. Bulletin MS17-005 for Adobe Flash Player addresses remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities for some currently supported Windows systems.

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

Zerodium Offers $100,000 for Flash Zero-Day Exploit that Bypasses Mitigations

Zerodium Offers $100,000 for Flash Zero-Day Exploit that Bypasses Mitigations
January 05, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A well-known company popular for buying and selling zero-day vulnerabilities is now offering up to $100,000 for providing a working zero-day exploit for bypassing the Flash Player's Heap Isolation mitigation . Few months back, Adobe deployed Heap Isolation in Flash version 18.0.0209 with an aim at making the Use-After-Free (UAF) vulnerabilities more difficult for cybercriminals to exploit. Zerodium is a startup by the infamous French-based company Vupen that Buys and Sells zero-day exploits and vulnerabilities. Zerodium, which describes itself as " the premium zero-day acquisition platform ," recently paid $1 Million bounty to a hacker for submitting a remote browser-based iOS 9.1/9.2b Jailbreak (untethered) Exploit. What is "Isolated Heap" Mitigation Technique? The use-after-free vulnerability is a type of memory corruption flaw that can be exploited by Hackers to execute arbitrary code or even allows full remote code execution capab

Patch now! Adobe releases Emergency Security Updates for Flash Player

Patch now! Adobe releases Emergency Security Updates for Flash Player
December 28, 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 Releases 23 Security Updates for Flash Player

Adobe Releases 23 Security Updates for Flash Player
September 23, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Adobe has released an important security bulletin that addresses a total of 23 Critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player. The security fixes for Windows, Linux and Mac users address "critical [flaws] that could potentially allow [attackers] to take control of the affected system," the company warned in an advisory on Monday. Out of 23 critical flaws, 18 address issues that would have allowed attackers to remotely execute arbitrary code on affected machines and take over control of them. Critical Vulnerabilities These 18 security vulnerabilities, all deemed highly critical, are as follows: Type Confusion Vulnerability (CVE-2015-5573) Use-after-free flaws (CVE-2015-5570, CVE-2015-5574, CVE-2015-5581, CVE-2015-5584, and CVE-2015-6682) Buffer overflow bugs (CVE-2015-6676 and CVE-2015-6678) Memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to Remote Code Execution (CVE-2015-5575, CVE-2015-5577, CVE-2015-5578, CVE-2015-5580, CVE-2015-5582, CVE-2

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
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