History of Headlines Microsoft Office has been a long favorite delivery mechanism for malicious payloads, from pen-testers to nation-state threat actor groups, and for good reason. Widely adopted. Large attack surface. Robust legacy support. These traits have been the source of news headlines for decades.
On February 1st, Adobe published bulletin APSA18-01 for CVE-2018-4878 describing a use-after-free (UAF) vulnerability affecting Flash versions 188.8.131.52 and earlier. As of February 6th, Adobe has patched the issue in version 184.108.40.206, APSB18-03. This post provides an overview of the vulnerability, a walk-through of the exploit seen in the wild, and covers several detection mechanisms.