A security researcher discovered a new variant of the Angler exploit kit that includes the exploit code for a recently patched Adobe Flash Player flaw.
The French security researcher “Kafeine” has discovered a new variant of the popular Angler exploit kit that includes the exploit code for a recently patched Adobe Flash Player vulnerability (CVE-2015-8446). Kafeine reported that new exploit code was added to the Angler exploit kit on December 14.
The new Angler exploit kit has been used by threat actors in the wild to spread the TeslaCrypt ransomware.
Once the ransomware infects a PC, it encrypts files and renames them with a .vvv extension requesting the payment of a $500 ransom within one week, after which the price to recover the files increases to $1,000.
The CVE-2015-8446 vulnerability is a Flash Player heap buffer overflow flaw that Adobe patched on December 8. had been added to Angler.
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher who reported it via the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). Recently Adobe released Flash Player 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 versions (Desktop Runtime with support for Firefox and Safari) that fixed 77 security issues.
Kafeine added that the exploit for the Flash vulnerability has been used by threat actors to deliver the Bedep Trojan Downloader.
Last week experts at Malwarebytes confirmed that the code for the CVE-2015-8446 exploit included in the Angler Exploit kit had been used by cyber criminals to serve the TeslaCrypt ransomware.
Once it infects a computer, the ransomware encrypts files and renames them with a .vvv extension. Victims are instructed to pay $500 within one week, after which the price for the private key needed to recover the files increases to $1,000.
The experts noticed that the new variant of the Angler Exploit Kit had a low detection rate at the time of its discovery.
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.
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Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.