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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:
2014-013

DATE(S) ISSUED:
2/11/2014

SUBJECT:
Security Update Available for Adobe Shockwave Player (APSB14-06)

OVERVIEW:

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player, 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. It may also be exploited 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 12.0.6.148 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 memory corruption vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may be exploited if a user visits, or is redirected to, a specially crafted web page. It may also be exploited 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.

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 un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted 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/shockwave/apsb14-06.html

CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0500
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0501