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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 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
  • Adobe Reader 9.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.1
  • 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
  • SuSE Novell Linux Desktop 9.0.0
  • SuSE Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
  • SuSE Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • SuSE openSUSE 10.3
  • SuSE openSUSE 11.0
  • SuSE openSUSE 11.1
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  • Sun Solaris 10 Sparc
  • 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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