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Adobe Acrobat, Reader, and Flash Player Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

July 21, 2009

Description

Adobe Acrobat, Reader, and Flash Player are prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue by supplying a malicious Flash ('.swf') file or by embedding a malicious Flash application in a PDF file. Successful exploits may allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Failed attempts will likely result in denial-of-service conditions. UPDATE (September 4, 2009): Mac OS X 10.6 reportedly ships with Flash Player 10.0.23.1, which will overwrite any installed version of Flash Player when Mac OS X is being installed. The issue affects the following: Reader and Acrobat 9.1.2 Flash Player 9 and 10

Technologies Affected

  • Adobe AIR 1.0
  • Adobe AIR 1.01
  • Adobe AIR 1.1
  • Adobe AIR 1.5
  • Adobe AIR 1.5.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.1.2
  • Adobe Flash Player 10
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.12 .35
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.12 .36
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.15 .3
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.0.22.87
  • Adobe Flash Player 9
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.115.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.124.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.151 .0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.152 .0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.159.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.28.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.31.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.45.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.47.0
  • Adobe Flash Player 9.0.48.0
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.2
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.0
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.1
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.10
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.11
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.2
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.3
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.4
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.5
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.6
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.7
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.8
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.4.9
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.1
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.2
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.3
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.5
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.6
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.7
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8
  • Apple Mac OS X 10.6
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.0
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.1
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.10
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.11
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.2
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.3
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.4
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.5
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.6
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.7
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.8
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.4.9
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.1
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.2
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.3
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.4
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.5
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.6
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.7
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.5.8
  • Apple Mac OS X Server 10.6
  • Avaya Interactive Response 3.0
  • Avaya Interactive Response 4.0
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 1000
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 500
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Application
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Speech Server
  • Pardus Linux 2008
  • Pardus Linux 2009
  • RedHat Desktop Extras 3
  • RedHat Desktop Extras 4
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux AS Extras 3
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux AS Extras 4
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Desktop Supplementary 5 client
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux ES Extras 3
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux ES Extras 4
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Extras 3
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Extras 4
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux Supplementary 5 server
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux WS Extras 3
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux WS Extras 4
  • S.u.S.E. Novell Linux Desktop 9
  • S.u.S.E. SLED 11
  • S.u.S.E. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
  • S.u.S.E. openSUSE 10.3
  • S.u.S.E. openSUSE 11.0
  • S.u.S.E. openSUSE 11.1
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_01
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_02
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_100
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_101
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_101a
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_102
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_103
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_104
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  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_109
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_110
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_111
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_111a
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_112
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_113
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_114
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_115
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_116
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_117
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_118
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_119
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_120
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_13
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_19
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_22
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_29
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_36
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_37
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_38
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_39
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_41
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_45
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_47
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_49
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_50
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_54
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_57
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_58
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_59
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_61
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_64
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_67
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_68
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_76
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_77
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_78
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_80
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_81
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  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_84
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_85
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_86
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_87
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_88
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_89
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_90
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_91
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_92
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_93
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_94
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_95
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_96
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_98
  • Sun OpenSolaris build snv_99
  • Sun Solaris 10
  • Sun Solaris 10_x86
  • Turbolinux Client 2008

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, run the application with the minimal amount of privileges required for functionality.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.

Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity including unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

To reduce the likelihood of attacks, never visit sites of questionable integrity or follow links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit code-execution vulnerabilities to execute arbitrary code.
Updates are available. Please see the references for more information.

Credits

Adobe
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