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Exploits for Adobe Vulnerabilities Spiked in 2018

April 23, 2019 / Jai Vijayan

With Flash Player on way out, attackers are renewing their focus on Acrobat Reader, RiskSense found. Malware authors weaponized more Adobe software vulnerabilities in 2018 than any previous year while the actual number of newly disclosed security flaws in the company's products dropped significantly since reaching an all-time-high in 2016. Security vendor RiskSense recently analyzed over 20 years of Adobe vulnerability data gathered from Adobe's own security bulletins and numerous third-party sources, including bug bounty programs and the national vulnerability database. The analysis showed that of the 374 new Adobe vulnerabilities disclosed in 2018, exploits or malware became available for 177—or 47%—of them. Fifty of the vulnerabilities were weaponized even before a patch was available. The numbers are significantly higher than previous years both in terms of the percentage of new vulnerabilities that were weaponized, and in terms of the number of Adobe flaws that...