Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

Summary: Hackers are embedding malicious Flash Player files in Microsoft Word documents to launch targeted attacks against select businesses, according to a warning from Adobe.This latest Flash Player zero-day attack comes just weeks after EMC's RSA Division was hit with a malware attack that used a rigged Flash (.

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Hackers are embedding malicious Flash Player files in Microsoft Word documents to launch targeted attacks against select businesses, according to a warning from Adobe.

This latest Flash Player zero-day attack comes just weeks after EMC's RSA Division was hit with a malware attack that used a rigged Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel document.

In both cases, the attacks are being used to steal corporate secrets.

Here's the gist of the latest Flash Player zero-day:

A critical vulnerability exists in Flash Player 10.2.153.1 and earlier versions (Adobe Flash Player 10.2.154.25 and earlier for Chrome users) for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris, Adobe Flash Player 10.2.156.12 and earlier versions for Android, and the Authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.2) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh operating systems.

This vulnerability (CVE-2011-0611) could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Word (.doc) file delivered as an email attachment, targeting the Windows platform. At this time, Adobe is not aware of any attacks via PDF targeting Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Adobe Reader X Protected Mode mitigations would prevent an exploit of this kind from executing.

Adobe says it is in the process of finalizing a schedule for delivering patches for Flash Player 10.2.x and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Solaris and Android, Adobe Acrobat X (10.0.2) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader X (10.0.2) for Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 9.4.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh.

Because Adobe Reader X Protected Mode would prevent an exploit of this kind from executing, Adobe plans to fix this issue in Adobe Reader X for Windows with the next quarterly security update for Adobe Reader, currently scheduled for June 14, 2011.

AFFECTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS

  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2.153.1 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2.154.25 and earlier for Chrome users
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.2.156.12 and earlier for Android
  • The Authplay.dll component that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.2) and earlier 10.x and 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh operating systems

NOTE: Adobe Reader 9.x for UNIX, Adobe Reader for Android, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.x are not affected by this issue.

Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

    Oh, Adobe, can't catch a break these days.
    tatiGmail
    • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

      @tatiGmail You typically catch breaks by producing quality, secure products. So yeah, Adobe isn't catching breaks.
      ejhonda
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @ejhonda Nothing is 100% secure
        striker67
    • ZD: Still doesn't know how to communicate.

      After all these years, they're still breathlessly using the unexplained "zero-day" moniker.

      ZD, you're pathetic.
      dgurney
  • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

    Yet another example where Microsoft's EMET is likely to safegaurd you:

    http://mastercobbler.blogspot.com/2010/09/microsofts-enhanced-mitigation.html

    Just like in a previous zero day situation:

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20016161-83.html?tag=topTechContentWrap;editorPicks

    Too bad the RSA doesn't use Microsoft's EMET as they were recently hacked.

    -M
    betelgeuse68
    • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

      @betelgeuse68

      using MS EMET would not be open (no pun intended)
      desilvav
  • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

    Is there a reason Flash content can be embedded in office files? I can't see there being a good reason for it.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

      @Aerowind Better use of animation and time/button based commands etc...
      Z3R0D4Y
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @Yiu Korochko

        Please explain how a Microsoft Word document improves Adobe's Flash Player's &ldquo;<em>animation and time/button based commands</em>.&rdquo;
        Isocrates
    • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

      @Aerowind

      this is a virus not a stroll in the park. Look in the mirror
      desilvav
  • Never!

    Not Adobe!
    james347
  • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

    Flankly, I don't trust Adobe at all, and especially their Flash player. It's a product I eschew and reccomend everyone to do the same. Sorry, never cared for it, never trusted it.
    I an old man and old school. It is a sad state of affairs.
    redcaboosejr@...
    • Deleted Flash player from all my systems years ago.

      @redcaboosejr@...

      Could not be happier and when most sites realize Flash is not an option, they fall back alternate content.
      Bruizer
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @Bruizer

        Steve Jobs is correct, Flash is crap
        linux-user
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @Bruizer

        No, they don't. Flash is the DE-FACTO standard for video services on the internet and a lot of other websites.
        Lerianis10
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @Lerianis10

        Flash is also the DE-FACTO standard for introducing malware into the windoze swiss cheese operating system.
        LTV10
  • how about those flash ads...??

    Now I wonder if some SOB can do this with one of those flash ads that are the curse of downloading so many web pages these days. I swear some of those pages are a terabyte with all the damn flash ads on them.
    wizardjr
    • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

      @wizardjr:
      I agree. I use Firefox now with the FlashBlock add-on. Very much enjoy using it.
      shawkins
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @shawkins
        Firefox or Chrome with Flashblock defaulted to deny all. All you have to do is click a button if you really want the content is the current best method of preventive measures against total Flash in the Pan Meltdown.
        Boomslang
      • RE: Adobe warns of new Flash Player zero-day attack

        @shawkins
        But doesn't save you from Flash embedded in Office documents. We now need a Microsoft Office FlashBlock plugin.
        Boomslang