Date: 28 May 2008
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A U S C E R T A L E R T
AL-2008.0063 -- AUSCERT ALERT
Adobe Flash player code execution vulnerability
28 May 2008
AusCERT Alert Summary
Product: Adobe Flash Player version 22.214.171.124 and earlier
Operating System: Windows
Mac OS X
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Original Bulletin: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/395473
Comment: This alert covers reports of a 0-day Adobe Flash player exploit
actively being exploited in the wild.
Adobe is aware of the vulnerability and is working to provide a
solution however currently there is no patch available for this
Avoid opening untrusted flash content.
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Vulnerability Note VU#395473
Adobe Flash player code execution vulnerability
Adobe Flash contains a vulnerability that may allow an attacker to run code
on a vulnerable system. There are reports that this vulnerability is being
The Adobe Flash Player is a player for the Flash media format and enables
frame-based animations and multimedia to be viewed within a web browser.
Adobe Flash Player contains an code execution vulnerability. An attacker may
be able to trigger this overflow by convincing a user to open a specially
crafted SWF file. The SWF file could be hosted or imbedded in a web page.
If an attacker can take control of a web site or web server, this
vulnerability may be exploited by trusted sites.
A remoted, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.
We are currently unaware of a solution to this problem.
Workarounds for administrators
* Ensure that security updates are applied to software running on the
* Reverse proxy servers and web application firewalls may be able to
detect and block some attacks.
* Administrators and web developers should confirm that third parties
(such as ad providers) hosting content on their domain are not acting
as attack vectors for this vulnerability.
Workarounds for users
* Using the Mozilla Firefox NoScript extension to whitelist web sites
that can run scripts and access installed plugins may prevent this
vulnerability from being exploited. Note that NoScript is not likely to
stop all attack vectors for this vulnerability, see the NoScript FAQ for
Vendor Status Date Updated
Adobe Vulnerable 27-May-2008
Thanks to SANS for information that was used in this report.
This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.
Date Public 05/27/2008
Date First Published 05/27/2008 06:20:57 PM
Date Last Updated 05/27/2008
US-CERT Technical Alerts
Document Revision 18
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