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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Shockwave Player Could Allow For Code Execution
Posted: October 24, 2012, 4:28 pm
Last Updated: December 18, 2012, 11:52 am

South Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center

 

SC INFORMATION SHARING AND ANALYSIS CENTER BULLETIN

 

DATE ISSUED:        10/24/2012

                                               

SUBJECT:     Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Shockwave Player Could Allow For Code Execution

 

OVERVIEW:

 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Shockwave, which could allow for remote code execution. Adobe Shockwave is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. These vulnerabilities may be exploited if a user visits or is redirected to a specially crafted web page or when a user opens a specially crafted file. Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

Adobe Shockwave Player is prone to five buffer-overflow vulnerabilities, and one array out of bounds vulnerability.  All vulnerabilities could allow for remote code execution.

 

Successful exploitation of any of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

 

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Adobe Shockwave Player (versions prior to 11.6.8.638) for Windows and Macintosh.

 

RISK:

Government:

  • Large and medium government entities: High
  • Small government entities: High

 

Businesses:

  • Large and medium business entities: High
  • Small business entities: High 

 

Home users: High

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

We recommend the following actions be taken:

 

  • Update to Adobe Shockwave Player 11.6.8.638 immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by attachments and hypertext links contained in emails especially from un-trusted sources.
  • Consider implementing file extension white lists for allowed e-mail attachments.

 

REFERENCES:

Adobe:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-23.html

 

SecurityFocus:

http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/56181

 

CVE:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4172

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4173

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4174

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4175

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4176

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-5273 

 

Please feel free to contact the SC ISAC if you have any questions or need any additional information.

 

The SC ISAC will provide amplifying information as it becomes available.

 

SC-ISAC Contact Information

 

Email: SC-ISAC@cio.sc.gov

SC ISAC Security Line: 803-896-1650

24-hour hotline: +1 803-896-0001

Fax: +1 803-896-0375

Postal address:

 

SC-ISAC

DSIT Budget and Control Board

4430 Broad River Road

Columbia S.C. 29210

SC-ISAC is available via hotline 08:00-17:00 EST (GMT-5)/ EDT (GMT-4)

Monday through Friday

 

Using Encryption

 

We strongly urge you to encrypt sensitive information sent by email. Our

public PGP key is available from:

 

https://sc-isac.sc.gov/public.key

 

NO WARRANTY

 

Any material furnished by SC-ISAC is furnished on an "as is" basis.

 

SC-ISAC makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied as to

any matter including, but not limited to, warranty of fitness for a particular

purpose or merchantability, exclusivity or results obtained from use of the

material. SC-ISAC does not make any warranty of any kind with respect to

freedom from patent, trademark, or copyright infringement.

 

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