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:
2014-006

DATE(S) ISSUED:
2/4/2014

SUBJECT:
Vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB14-04)

OVERVIEW:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Flash Player that could allow remote code execution. Adobe Flash Player is a widely distributed multimedia and application player used to enhance the user experience when visiting web pages or reading email messages.

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 access.

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists on the Internet, and recommends users update their product installations to the latest version.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.43 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.335 and earlier versions for Linux

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 Flash Player is prone to a vulnerability that could allow for remote code execution. This vulnerability is caused by an integer underflow issue with Adobe Flash Player.  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 access.

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists on the Internet, and recommends users update their product installations to the latest version.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Install the updates provided by Adobe 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 untrusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.

REFERENCES:
ADOBE:
http://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/flash-player/apsb14-04.html

CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0497

Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


 

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