CVE-2016-4117 is a zero-day vulnerability affecting the Adobe Flash Player that is being exploited to launch malware-based attacks in the wild.

According to Adobe, a new zero-day vulnerability in the Flash Player software is being exploited in cyber attacks in the wild, and the worrisome new is that it will not be patched until May 12th.

The  security vulnerability (CVE-2016-4117) affects Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Chrome OS.

Adobe rated critical the vulnerability discovered by the security expert Genwei Jiang from FireEye, which also confirmed that it is being used in targeted attacks.

“A critical vulnerability (CVE-2016-4117) exists in Adobe Flash Player 21.0.0.226 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Chrome OS. Successful exploitation could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.” reads the advisory published by Adobe.

“Adobe is aware of a report that an exploit for CVE-2016-4117 exists in the wild.  Adobe will address this vulnerability in our monthly security update, which will be available as early as May 12. For the latest information, users may monitor the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team blog.”

The Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team also reported the availability of a patch for three flaws (CVE-2016-1113, CVE-2016-1114, CVE-2016-1115) in the ColdFusion application server platform.

The company also issued updates for the Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader product lines.

Pierluigi Paganini