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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

             ESB-2009.0170 -- [Win][Linux][Solaris][Mac][OSX]
         Adobe Flash Player Invalid Object Reference Vulnerability
                             26 February 2009


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Adobe Flash Player
Publisher:            iDefense
Operating System:     Windows
                      Linux variants
                      Mac OS X
Impact:               Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access:               Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names:            CVE-2009-0520

Original Bulletin:    

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iDefense Security Advisory 02.24.09
Feb 24, 2009


Adobe Flash Player is a very popular web browser plugin. It is available
for multiple web browsers and platforms, including Windows, Linux and
MacOS. Flash Player enables web browsers to display rich multimedia
content, such as online videos, and is often a requirement for popular

For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.



Remote exploitation of a invalid object reference vulnerability in Adobe
Systems Inc.'s Flash Player could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary
code with the privileges of the current user.

During the processing of a Shockwave Flash file, a particular object can
be created, along with multiple references that point to the object. The
object can be destroyed and its associated references removed. However a
reference can incorrectly remain pointing to the object. The invalid
object resides in uninitialized memory, which the attacker may control
to gain arbitrary execution control.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user viewing the web page. To exploit
this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious Shockwave
Flash file created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes
this via social engineering or injecting content into a compromised,
trusted site.

Utilizing various techniques, an attacker is able to re-allocate and
control the memory used by the destroyed object. This allows the
attacker to subvert execution when a virtual function is called via the
invalid reference.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in latest
version of Flash Player, version Previous versions may also
be affected.

Exploitation of this vulnerability was tested on Windows XP SP3 and
Windows Vista SP1. iDefense believe that all platforms supported by
Flash Player are affected by this vulnerability, including Linux and


A Internet Explorer plugin is available to temporarily block and unblock
Flash content using a single click. Only trusted sites should be
unblocked when using this plugin. More information is available at

A Firefox plugin is available to temporarily block and unblock Flash
content using a single click. Only trusted sites should be unblocked
when using this plugin. More information is available at:


Adobe has released a patch which addresses this issue. For more
information, consult their advisory (APSB09-01) at the following URL:



The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2009-0520 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
security problems.


08/25/2008  - Initial Contact
09/22/2008  - PoC Requested
11/05/2008  - PoC Sent
11/06/2008  - Clarification requested
12/05/2008  - Clarification Sent
12/07/2008  - Additional Clarification Sent
02/19/2009  - Draft bulletin received
02/24/2009  - Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Javier Vicente Vallejo,

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