The vulnerable Adobe Flash once again poses your computers at risk with a new Adobe Flash flaw. In recent days, after taking full advantages of the latest Adobe Flash flaw, a Word document named “iPhone 5 Battery” turns out to be a new menace for personal computers. Consequently, on seeing such document, delete it immediately instead of opening it. Otherwise, a backdoor known as Backdoor Briba, which will disguise an executable file downloaded from remote server as a GIF image, will be executed.
Actually, this is not the first time that hackers tried to attack personal computers via Adobe Flash flaws. In March, an Adobe Flash flaw known as CVE-2012-0779 made it easier for users to attack the computers via custom crafted emails with malicious attachments. In May, the vulnerability described as object confusion vulnerability enabled hackers to execute malicious code and even take control of the computer. Even though those Adobe Flash flaws were fixed with corresponding updates, doubts about the security of Adobe Flash have never ceased.
Just as the old saying, misfortune never comes singly. This year, Adobe Flash not only has to cope with those security vulnerabilities but also face rejections from various companies. After turned down by The new iPad for being a high-energy consuming but low-security concerning application, Adobe Flash was excluded from the supporting list of Android devices running Jelly Bean. Consequently, alternative applications are called for to help users play Flash on iPad or enjoy Flash on Google Nexus 7.
To some extent, Apple product accidentally plays an important role in the popularization of Backdoor Briba. Now as the releasing date of the long-rumored iPhone 5 is approaching, various iPhone 5 rumors were spread. As a consequence, any things related to iPhone 5 can easily stir people’s curiosity. By naming the Word document “iPhone 5 Battery”, the backdoor program gained more chances to be executed and spread. Therefore, not only Adobe Flash vulnerability is being employed by hackers this time but also people’s passion towards the latest Apple mobile, iPhone 5.
As the hit product of Apple, iPhone series has earned both profits and good reputation in recent years. As the latest member of iPhone series, iPhone 5 is rumored to be released in September along with the long-rumored iPad Mini. Though details about iPhone 5 remain unknown, one certain thing is that support for Adobe Flash on iPhone 5 won’t happen. Moreover, even though with improved security, Adobe Flash is not likely to regain its place for the rising of alternative applications.