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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:
2013-017

DATE(S) ISSUED:
02/12/2013

SUBJECT:
Vulnerabilities in Adobe Shockwave Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution

OVERVIEW:

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player which could allow for remote code execution. Adobe Shockwave Player is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. 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 11.6.8.638 and earlier versions 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 a remote code execution because of a memory corruption vulnerability and a stack overflow vulnerability. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the affected application. Failed exploit attempts will likely result in denial-of-service conditions. 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.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Update Adobe Shockwave Player on vulnerable systems immediately after 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-mail from trusted sources.

REFERENCES:
Adobe:
https://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb13-06.html

CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0635
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-0636

Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


 

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