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BEWARE: Hackers are having a "Field Day" with Software Vulnerabilities

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#1 scotty_ncc1701


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Posted 29 August 2014 - 09:07 PM

The top 4 pieces of most commonly used vulnerable 3rd party software in 2012 / 2013 / 2014 are:

    Oracle Java Runtime environment
    Adobe Acrobat Reader
    Adobe Flash Player / Plugin
    Apple Quicktime

Of these 4, the Oracle Java Runtime Environment accounts for 180 registered vulnerabilities alone in 2013.

Full article at:  https://heimdalsecurity.com/blog/slow_software_vulnerability_patching/


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Posted 31 August 2014 - 07:17 PM

Glad i got rid of java months back, use chrome for all my pdf needs and don't use quicktime. Flash player isn't so easy though, i use the one within chrome but if i remember rightly it is almost identical to the adobe one.

The worst piece about all this though is that those 4 programs are almost always pre-installed on new machines, such that beginner users would think they are all needed for the system to function and hence won't uninstall/replace them.

Back on this site, for a while anyway, been so busy the last year.

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 07:01 PM

This is not new.

We at BC have been warning our members for years that older versions of popular software such as Adobe (Acrobat Reader, Flash Player, Shockwave Player), Java, Windows Media Player, Web Browsers are vulnerable to exploits and should be kept updated. There are serious security issues with older versions which can increase the risk of system infection. Infections spread by malware writers and attackers exploiting unpatched security holes or vulnerabilities in older versions. Software applications are a favored target of malware writers who continue to exploit coding and design vulnerabilities with increasing aggressiveness.

The majority of computers get infected from visiting a specially crafted webpage that exploits one or multiple software vulnerabilities. It could be by clicking a link within an email or simply browsing the net, and it happens silently without any user interaction whatsoever.

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Exploit kits are a type of malicious toolkit used to exploit security holes found in software applications...for the purpose of spreading malware. These kits come with pre-written exploit code and target users running insecure or outdated software applications on their computers.

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