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Vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Posted: May 8, 2014, 9:56 am

DIS / SC-ISAC

Division of Information Security

South Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center

 

SECURITY ADVISORY

 

DATE ISSUED:    5/1/2014

SUBJECT:             Vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Flash Player. Adobe Flash Player is a widely distributed multimedia and application player used to enhance the user experience when visiting web pages or reading email messages. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability 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.

 

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

 

This vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild. Kaspersky Lab has reported that an active exploit for this vulnerability was discovered on a compromised website at hxxp://jpic[dot]gov[dot]sy.

 

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

 

Adobe Flash Player is prone to a remote buffer overflow vulnerability. This vulnerability exists in the Pixel Bender component of Adobe Flash. The vulnerability may be exploited in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code, in the context of the current user, within Adobe Flash. An attacker could host a website with a specially crafted Small Web Format (SWF) file designed to take advantage of this vulnerability, and then convince or trick an unsuspecting user to visit their site.

 

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

 

·         Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.182 and earlier versions for Windows

·         Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.201 and earlier versions for Macintosh

·         Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.350 and earlier versions for Linux

 

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:

 

·         Install the updates provided by Adobe immediately after appropriate testing.

·         Remind users not to visit untrusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

·         Do not open email attachments from unknown or untrusted sources.

·         Uninstall Adobe Flash Player 

 

REFERENCES:

 

Adobe:

 

http://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb14-13.html

 

CVE:

 

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0515

 

Securelist:

 

http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/8212/New_Flash_Player_0_day_CVE_2014_0515_used_in_watering_hole_attacks

 

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/site-page/sc-isac-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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