Adobe has released the second critical security update for its Flash Player plug-in in less than three weeks.
Adobe has assigned the CVE identifier CVE-2014-0502 to this vulnerability and released a security bulletin.
FireEye said the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the American Research Center in Egypt and the Smith Richardson Foundation were all compromised using remote code injection.
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Traffic to these sites was redirected to a server that contained a hidden iframe running the exploit.
The security firm’s researchers said the attacks may be related to a May 2012 campaign outlined by ShadowServer, based on consistencies in tradecraft, attack infrastructure and malware configuration.
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FireEye said they believe those responsible for the attacks have sufficient resources, such as zero-day exploits, and are committed to infecting those visiting foreign and public policy websites.
“The threat actors likely sought to infect users to these sites for follow-on data theft, including information related to defense and public policy matters,” FireEye said in a blog post.
In a security bulletin, Adobe said the updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Adobe Flash Player and AIR versions affected
The following versions of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR are affected:
- Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
- Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.1246 and earlier versions for Linux
- Adobe AIR 126.96.36.1990 and earlier versions for Android
- Adobe AIR 188.8.131.520 SDK and earlier versions
- Adobe AIR 184.108.40.2060 SDK & Compiler and earlier versions
The new version of Flash Player for Windows and Mac is 220.127.116.11 while the newest for Linux is 18.104.22.1681.