Adobe has issued an update to plug security holes in its Flash Player software this week including fixes for at least 17 vulnerabilities in the program and in Adobe Air.
With Flash being among the top exploits in the wild we strongly recommend you uninstall Adobe Flash when possible. Should you need Flash for specific functions we recommend using a secondary browser with Flash enabled while leaving it disabled in your primary browser.
The fourth version of the CryptoWall ransomware has landed in the wild, equipped with better evasion techniques and tactics to thwart antivirus protection and detection.
Ransomware attacks computers and encrypts user files and folders via infected email attachments, with attackers demanding ransom payments to unlock the scrambled documents.
Users are told to make the payment by a specific deadline or risk having the private key to unlock the files deleted.
The active CryptoWall ransomware spawned from CryptoLocker, which is thought to have extorted more than $3 million from victims before the botnet used to distribute it – Gameover Zeus – was taken down last year.
To avoid getting caught by CryptoWall, we recommended keeping systems up to date, maintain regular backups and educating users to avoidin emails with attachments sent by unknown senders, and using products that can detect and block recent ransomware variants.
Previously available to beta users Tracking Protection blocks third party page elements, such as ads, social network buttons, analytics, and other bits of information that could record a users’ browsing activity and profile users across multiple sites when its loaded by pages. When browsing the Web, you unknowingly share information about yourself with third parties that are separate from the site you’re actually visiting, even in Private Browsing mode on any browser. Private Browsing with Tracking Protection in Firefox actively blocks content like ads, analytics trackers and social share buttons that may record your behavior without your knowledge across sites.
With the FCC declining to enforce Tracking Protection it is up to browser providers to offer protection. This is certainly a good first step and certainly makes Firefox the browser of choice for privacy advocates.
Apple has released security updates for Keynote, Pages, and Numbers for iOS to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.
Detailed information available from Apple.
Adobe on Monday released security updates across multiple platforms that address vulnerabilities in Flash and AIR, some of which are deemed critical. Users should download the updates immediately.
We are aware of multiple companies we work with where users utilize the Dolphin web browser on Android phones. Zero-day flaws found in Dolphin and Mercury Android browsers could allow hackers to perform remote code execution. Both browsers are available on Android devices with over 100 million downloads between the two. The Dolphin remote code execution exploit allows a hacker to replace the browser’s theme package with an infected counterpart.
Microsoft has released a security update resolves a vulnerability in Internet Explorer that could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage by using Internet Explorer. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less affected than those who operate with administrative user rights.
You can install the update through Windows Update or it can be downloaded Here.
Adobe released Flash Player and AIR updates that address 35 bugs, some of which could be exploited by an attacker to take control of a vulnerable system.
Windows and Macintosh users should update Flash Player to version 18.104.22.168
Two of the four critical vulnerabilities are for Windows operating systems, one affects the Office. The most severely addressed vulnerability in the Office bulletin could allow Remote Code Execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft office file.
“An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user,” Microsoft wrote. “Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.”
The final critical update is for the Edge web browser in Windows 10, The most severe of the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted webpage using Microsoft Edge. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Customers whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than those who operate with administrative user rights.