Adobe to patch second Hacking Team Flash zero-day bug

Adobe next week will patch a second zero-day vulnerability found in the leaked documents from the Hacking Team, a controversial Italian company that sells surveillance software and exploits to governments.

Adobe next week will patch a second zero-day vulnerability found in the leaked documents from the Hacking Team, a controversial Italian company that sells surveillance software and exploits to governments, Adobe said late Friday.

The flaw will be patched this coming week; Adobe did not set a release date for the fix.

"Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," Adobe noted in an advisory.

The vulnerability was the second uncovered in the gigabytes of documents leaked after attackers compromised the Hacking Team's network and pilfered emails, financial information and contracts from the firm's systems.

The company sells surveillance software to governments and corporations, and markets zero-day vulnerabilities that its clients can use to silently infect targets with the firm's software. According to the leaked information, Hacking Team deals with, or has dealt with, several repressive regimes, including Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, as well as with government agencies or arms of the military in the U.S., Germany, South Korea and Switzerland.

Adobe credited FireEye's Dhanesh Kizhakkinan with reporting the latest Flash flaw to the company. Kizhakkinan, a senior research scientist with the security vendor, posted some broad technical information about his findings on a FireEye blog Friday.

"The PoC is well-written, like the previous PoC by the same author," wrote Kizhakkinan, referring to the "proof of concept" attack code he unearthed in the Hacking Team's documentation.

Adobe patched the first Flash zero-day vulnerability on Wednesday, two days after researchers sifting through the massive cache had found that bug as well as others. Between Monday and Wednesday, cyber criminals rushed to add the Flash exploit code to their attack toolkits.

The same will likely happen with this newest Flash flaw, putting pressure on Adobe to quickly issue a patch. According to Adobe, the now-current editions for Windows, OS X and Linux are all vulnerable to the discovered exploit.

Join the CSO newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Malware & VulnerabilitiesantispamsecurityFireEyeHacking Team

More about FireEyeLinuxSwitzerland

Show Comments

Featured Whitepapers

Editor's Recommendations

Solution Centres

Stories by Gregg Keizer

Latest Videos

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: The Human Factor - Your people are your biggest security weakness

    ​Speakers: David Lacey, Researcher and former CISO Royal Mail David Turner - Global Risk Management Expert Mark Guntrip - Group Manager, Email Protection, Proofpoint

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Current ransomware defences are failing – but machine learning can drive a more proactive solution

    Speakers • Ty Miller, Director, Threat Intelligence • Mark Gregory, Leader, Network Engineering Research Group, RMIT • Jeff Lanza, Retired FBI Agent (USA) • Andy Solterbeck, VP Asia Pacific, Cylance • David Braue, CSO MC/Moderator What to expect: ​Hear from industry experts on the local and global ransomware threat landscape. Explore a new approach to dealing with ransomware using machine-learning techniques and by thinking about the problem in a fundamentally different way. Apply techniques for gathering insight into ransomware behaviour and find out what elements must go into a truly effective ransomware defence. Get a first-hand look at how ransomware actually works in practice, and how machine-learning techniques can pick up on its activities long before your employees do.

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: Get real about metadata to avoid a false sense of security

    Speakers: • Anthony Caruana – CSO MC and moderator • Ian Farquhar, Worldwide Virtual Security Team Lead, Gigamon • John Lindsay, Former CTO, iiNet • Skeeve Stevens, Futurist, Future Sumo • David Vaile - Vice chair of APF, Co-Convenor of the Cyberspace Law And Policy Community, UNSW Law Faculty This webinar covers: - A 101 on metadata - what it is and how to use it - Insight into a typical attack, what happens and what we would find when looking into the metadata - How to collect metadata, use this to detect attacks and get greater insight into how you can use this to protect your organisation - Learn how much raw data and metadata to retain and how long for - Get a reality check on how you're using your metadata and if this is enough to secure your organisation

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them

    CSO Webinar: How banking trojans work and how you can stop them Featuring: • John Baird, Director of Global Technology Production, Deutsche Bank • Samantha Macleod, GM Cyber Security, ME Bank • Sherrod DeGrippo, Director of Emerging Threats, Proofpoint (USA)

    Play Video

  • 150x50

    IDG Live Webinar:The right collaboration strategy will help your business take flight

    Speakers - Mike Harris, Engineering Services Manager, Jetstar - Christopher Johnson, IT Director APAC, 20th Century Fox - Brent Maxwell, Director of Information Systems, THE ICONIC - IDG MC/Moderator Anthony Caruana

    Play Video

More videos

Blog Posts

Market Place