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The following cyber advisory was issued by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and is intended for State government entities. The information may or may not be applicable to the general public and, accordingly, the State does not warrant its use for any specific purposes.

ITS ADVISORY NUMBER:
2012-081

DATE(S) ISSUED:
10/23/2012

SUBJECT:
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Shockwave Player Could Allow For Remote Code Execution (APSB12-23)

OVERVIEW:

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Shockwave, which could allow for remote code execution. Adobe Shockwave is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. These vulnerabilities may be exploited if a user visits or is redirected to a specially crafted web page or when a user opens a specially crafted file. Successful exploitation 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 Shockwave Player (versions prior to 11.6.8.638) for Windows and Macintosh.

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

DESCRIPTION:
Adobe Shockwave Player is prone to five buffer-overflow vulnerabilities, and one array out of bounds vulnerability.  All vulnerabilities could allow for remote code execution.

Successful exploitation of any of these vulnerabilities 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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Update to Adobe Shockwave Player 11.6.8.638 immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to open e-mail attachments from unknown users or suspicious e-mails from trusted sources.
  • Consider implementing file extension white lists for allowed e-mail attachments.

REFERENCES:
Adobe:
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-23.html

SecurityFocus:
http://www.securityfocus.com/bid/56181

CVE:
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4172
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4173
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4174
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4175
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4176
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-5273