IT administrators must be well informed and constantly aware about newly uncovered zero-day threats. These vicious cyberthreats exploit vulnerabilities in the underlying scripts of applications. The worst part is that they’re virtually impossible to defend against, as they’re often discovered only after hackers have dug their claws in. This means that IT staff must be quick on the draw; as soon as vulnerabilities are announced, organizations must be ready to apply the remediation patches.
Flash-based applications are the most susceptible to such threats. The associated security risks, if nothing else, serve as a reminder of the importance of streamlined computer management, especially in case of enterprise IT environments – which could be spread across multiple locations.
Engadget’s Edgar Alvarez reported, that a critical Flash vulnerability was patched with version 188.8.131.52 in late 2015. Users were implored to immediately apply the update, or otherwise face the risk of having their machines remotely overtaken by hackers. In March 2016, a very similar vulnerability was announced. Flash once again released a new version intended to patch a total of 23 security holes “that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,” according to BGR’s Zach Epstein.
In yet another episode of deja vu, a new emergency patch was announced following the Cerber ransomware incidents in April. According to ZDNet contributor Charlie Osborne, certain versions of the software were more at risk than others this time around, but the situation was by and large typical. The vulnerability would cause crashes on some