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Kudos0

Adobe Flash - Zero Day Hack

I had a pop-up from Norton stating I should download the most current version of Adobe Flash Player because of a potential hack.  Is this legitimate?  The only information I can find about anything like this is from 2013.  Can anyone give me some insight regarding this matter?

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Kudos0

Re: Adobe Flash - Zero Day Hack

hi Crystal

Adobe Flash often the subject of security flaws and should be kept upto date regularly with the latest version. There was an update last week and by the weekend further flaws were found and we can expect a further update within the next few days.

you can download the latest version by clicking on the following link:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/

Enter your details in the dropdown menus for the correct version for your system.

If you do not wish to have the Google Chrome downloaded with the application un-tick the two boxes in that section when it appears.

Michael

Kudos0

Re: Adobe Flash - Zero Day Hack

Please refer to the following thread for some additional info about the (current bouts of) Flash Player exploit(s) ...

https://community.norton.com/en/forums/second-flash-player-zero-day-exploit-found-hacking-teams-data

Kudos0

Re: Adobe Flash - Zero Day Hack

Kudos0

Re: Adobe Flash - Zero Day Hack

I just signed up with the forums and I've tried to create a thread 2 times (basically the same message in both threads) but they are not showing up. Hopefully I can post in this thread what my message was:

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I'm kind of stressing out right now about this. The Adobe Security Bulletin says "Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system." A couple of days ago, while restarting my computer, I got a quick BSOD just before Windows fully loaded. The only strange thing I've noticed is that Dell's "My Downloads" notification kept popping up every 2 minutes or so even if you select Remind me later or Don't ask again. I fixed that problem by renaming the "ToasterLauncher.exe" file to stop it from loading.

I just did a NIS Product Update on 7/8/15 to fix Firefox's constant crashing whenever you closed the browser. I updated Flash to 18.0.0.194 on 6/24/15 then updated it to 18.0.0.203 on 7/9/15. The BSOD crash happened sometime after I updated NIS, but I don't remember if it was before or after the 18.0.0.203 update.

I've performed several NIS Full System Scans and nothing has been flagged, and I also did a Norton Power Eraser scan, with only a single Registy entry flagged and fixed. If my computer has been infected/affected by this exploit, will NIS pick up on it, or is it too late if you're already infected/affected?

Also (not related to the BSOD crash), I just signed up to these forums and it asks to create a username, but there's no text field or anything to make one???

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Kudos0

Re: Adobe Flash - Zero Day Hack

hi 55a4da593bd73

Adobe Flash has had exploitable flaws in it for many years it is a running battle between them and the people looking to exploit the flaws almost as far back as I can remember. Obviously there is always a danger that anybody will be caught up in all of this.

In normal circumstances keeping your anti-virus program and Flash upto date along with being careful with what you do, you will not have a problem. This is not to say you will not encounter a problem and become infected.

It may be worthwhile to have a back up scan of your system by using something like Malwarebytes to see if it finds anything.

I believe the flaws were found by a company that makes it it's business to find these problems not necessarily that anybody has yet used the flaws to infect any computers. These were found at the end of last week/at the weekend. I understand that the update issued today is to fix these flaws, no doubt in the coming days/weeks something else will be found. Norton does a pretty good job of protecting you so I wouldn't "stress out" but carry out as much as possible to reduce your chances of being infected.

There have been problems with Firefox and the Norton Toolbar so this may be related. I do not use Firefox so am not able to help with that.

It's possible that with good intentions Norton has been trying to be helpful with message pop-ups advising users about this and that they are safe when using upto date Norton. The notification being relatively new from Norton just like the Windows 10 notifications from Norton has surprised users and it has made users aware but in the short term may have caused a little concern. 

Michael

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