Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a is a Flash exploit that was found being exploited in online attacks starting in February 2013, with further attacks continuing up to the time of this article's writing. Currently, Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a is distributed in Winnti campaigns (a hacker group also responsible for such PC threats as the hard drive-wiping Trojan.Win32.KillWin.sp) that hack benign websites and force them to host Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a, which can be used to install malware onto your computer without any consent. Once again, Tibet-themed sites appear to be the favored targets of these hacks, and visitors of similar sites should be careful to update Flash, use appropriate browser security and have anti-malware products capable of blocking Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a's drive-by-downloads.
Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a: Turning Charitable Impulses into Infection Routes
Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a is an outdated (but still dangerous) Flash exploit that is used to attack PCs running vulnerable versions of Flash through their browsers, with its targets including both PC and mobile phone platforms. Although updating Flash should close this vulnerability and prevent Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a from attacking your PC/phone, SpywareRemove.com malware researchers warn that the following versions of Flash still are vulnerable to Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a attacks:
- For Windows and Mac users, Adobe Flash Player before 10.3.183.51 and 11.x before 11.5.502.149.
- For Linux users, Adobe Flash Player before 10.3.183.51 and 11.x before 188.8.131.522.
- For Android 2 and 3 users, Adobe Flash Player before 184.108.40.206.
- For Android 4 users, Adobe Flash Player before 220.127.116.11.
Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a recently was found being hosted at the website for the 'Tibetan Homes Foundation,' a charity site that provides for Tibetan orphans. The website appears to have been hacked and forced to include Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a, which is used to install one of the backdoor Trojans that are characteristic of the Winnti gang of criminals. Stolen digital certificates also have been coupled with this backdoor Trojan, which may conceal Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a from various low-level security measures and programs.
Curing the Contaminated Watering Hole Blues
Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a is one example of a 'watering hole' attack, wherein an innocent site is compromised and forced to infect its visitors indiscriminately. These attacks may be targeted at particular traffic types that are common to the site in question, or aim for a generalized and indiscriminate distribution. Because Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a is an outdated exploit that has been fixed in a Flash patch, you can update Flash and be certain of blocking Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a, which can initiate the download and installation of its malicious software without needing your permission. However, this means of defense will not protect your PC from similar exploits that are categorized by SpywareRemove.com malware experts and others as 'zero day,' AKA unpatched.
If you've accessed a potential Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a site with an unprotected version of Flash, you should assume that your PC is infected and act accordingly to remove any backdoor Trojans or related PC threats hastily. Anti-malware applications usually should be used to remove Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a's payloads, which may use various tactics to try to conceal themselves from any normal uninstallation efforts.
Use SpyHunter to Detect and Remove PC Threats
If you are concerned that malware or PC threats similar to Exploit.SWF.CVE-2013-0634.a may have infected your computer, we recommend you start an in-depth system scan with SpyHunter. SpyHunter is an advanced malware protection and remediation application that offers subscribers a comprehensive method for protecting PCs from malware, in addition to providing one-on-one technical support service.
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