Security Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a second Zero-Day Vulnerability that arises from Hacking Team cyber attack.
Just Three days ago, Adobe released a new version of Flash to patch the zero-day vulnerability that was disclosed as part of the Hacking Team hack. Security experts at Trend Micro confirmed that the Adobe Flash vulnerability is being used in the wild. But, the Hacking Team archive is the wishing well for hackers, researchers at Trend Micro overnight have found another zero-day vulnerability affecting Adobe Flash that is a result of the Hacking Team attack.
Adobe gives credits to Dhanesh Kizhakkinan of FireEye for reporting CVE-2015-5122 and Peter Pi of TrendMicro for reporting CVE-2015-5123 and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers.
The malware researchers discovered that the new vulnerability is a Use-After-Free vulnerability involving the methods TextBlock.createTextLine() and TextBlock.recreateTextLine(textLine).
“Hot on the heels of the last zero-day vulnerability that was found from the Hacking Team data leak (i.e. CVE-2015-5119) comes yet another that may be as dangerous: CVE-2015-5122, a vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player. If exploited, it could result in a crash that would allow an attacker to take control of the vulnerable system. And yes, just like CVE-2015-5119, it affects all recent versions of Flash on Windows, Mac and Linux (i.e. 188.8.131.52).” states Trend Micro.
Trend Micro has already reported the unpatched flaw to Adobe that is hardly working to fix it asap. Fortunately at this time, the experts have not seen this new vulnerability exploited in the wild neither have detected any exploit kits including it. The experts have seen proof-of-concept (PoC) code that means the situation could escalate quickly in the next few days.
Adobe published out the security advisory for this vulnerability at 11:40 AM (GMT+8), waiting for a new update experts suggest to disable Flash.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.