New Adobe Flash zero day vulnerability provides users more reasons to disable the tool

By: George Finley
2 minute read
Adobe Flash Player Zero Day

It’s a good thing can surf the web these days without needing to use Adobe’s Flash Player as the player has become a source of infection according to Kaspersky Labs, the firm that recently identified a new zero-day attack for the technology.

A new Adobe Flash zero day exploit

BlackOasis used an Adobe Flash zero day exploit in an attack on October 10 which was identified by the Kaspersky Lab advanced exploit prevention system. The vulnerability was reported to Adobe and an advisory was issued.

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab advised government organizations and businesses to update all installations of Adobe immediately. The group behind this attack might be the same one that was responsible for CVE-2017-8759, another zero day from September. The group uses documents to lure users into opening and playing the infected content.

Kaspersky Lab’s advice

The experts from Kaspersky labs advise organizations to take the following actions immediately:

  • In case it is not implemented already, you have to use the killbit feature for Flash software and if it’s possible, you are advised to disable it altogether.
  • You are advised to implement an advanced, multi-layered security solution that covers all systems, networks, and endpoints.
  • It’s recommended to educate and train personnel on social engineering tactics considering this method is used to make users open malicious docs or click on infected links.
  • Regular security assessments of the organization’s IT infrastructure must be conducted regularly.
  • It’s best to use Kaspersky’s Lab’s Threat Intelligence because it tracks cyber attacks, incidents, and threats while also providing customers with updated, relevant information they may not be aware of.

Previously this year, actors who deployed malware abused critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Adobe products. Experts believe that the number of such exploits will continue to grow, so high caution is needed when going forward.

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