pioneering risk-based vulnerability management and prioritization, today
announced the results of the RiskSense Vulnerability Weaponization
Spotlight Report which analyzed more than 20 years of security flaws
across the Adobe family of products. It found that 2018 had the most
weaponized vulnerabilities ever (177), which represents a 139% increase
compared to 2017. In addition, the rate of exploits discovered in the
wild before a patch was available was nearly three times higher last
year than the previous record set in 2010.
“The fact that attackers are weaponizing more vulnerabilities than ever
before, and releasing exploits before patches are available, illustrates
the need for a more holistic approach to vulnerability management and
prioritization that is based on threat exploitability and weaponization
metrics,” said Srinivas Mukkamala, CEO of RiskSense. “For example,
global exploit kits including Neutrino and Angler were taking advantage
of vulnerabilities in the wild for more than a year before they were
The report provides an in-depth analysis of
vulnerabilities and weaponization patterns across the Adobe family of
products from August 1996 through November 2018, and spans 2,891 Common
Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) entries. While the primary data
source was Adobe security bulletins and advisories, the study also
included CVEs published by third parties such as scanner knowledge
bases, bug bounty programs, vendors (SUSE, Red Hat, Microsoft, etc.),
and NVD (National Vulnerability Database) entries that were not included
in Adobe security bulletins and advisories.
Following are some of the key insights
from the RiskSense Vulnerability Weaponization Spotlight Report:
2018 was most weaponized year on record
Despite a 31%
decrease in vulnerabilities compared to the high reached in 2016, last
year had the most weaponized vulnerabilities ever (177), which
represents a 139% increase compared to 2017 (74). Meanwhile, the
percentage of vulnerabilities weaponized in 2018 (47.3%) was double
compared to 2017 (20.6%) and 2016 (23.2%).
Most exploits are available before a patch is
had the highest number of exploits in the wild before a patch was
available (50), compared to the previous record set in 2010 (18). This
represents a nearly 200% increase.
Cloud products produced largest increase in vulnerabilities
the year Adobe introduced cloud-based delivery of its products,
generated the largest year over year increase in vulnerabilities. Both
in terms of total vulnerabilities and high-severity vulnerabilities.
The number of vulnerabilities in 2015 increased by 357 compared to
2014. Within that figure, 314 were high severity making 2015 the year
with largest number of high-severity vulnerabilities.
Buffer Overflow was most common vulnerability
2,891 vulnerabilities investigated, Buffer Overflow was the most
common type across all years (1,094 CVEs), distantly followed by
Out-of-bounds Read (195 CVEs) and Use After Free (160 CVEs) types.
Acrobat Reader most vulnerable product
Over the research
period, the Acrobat Reader family of products contained the most
vulnerabilities (1,338). In 2015, the year the Acrobat DC product was
introduced, 137 vulnerabilities were reported. Given the large number
of organizations that depend on the Acrobat family of products for
business workflows, this represents a major security concern.
A full copy of the report is available here: https://go.risksense.com/WC-Adobe-Spotlight.html?utm_source=website&utm_medium=press.
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