Adobe Fixes Holes in Flash Player

Monday, January 19, 2015 @ 02:01 PM gHale


Adobe released updates for Flash Player to fix nine critical vulnerabilities, which could end up running arbitrary code.

Two of the security holes patched by Adobe ended up discovered and reported by Xiaoning Li of Intel Labs and Haifei Li of McAfee Labs’ IPS Team. One of the vulnerabilities is an improper file validation issue (CVE-2015-0301), and the second is a memory corruption that could lead to arbitrary code execution (CVE-2015-0306).

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A similar memory corruption issue (CVE-2015-0303) came via Tavis Ormandy and Chris Evans, both of Google’s Project Zero. Evans and Fermin J. Serna of the Google Security Team also notified Adobe of a use-after-free flaw that can end up leveraged for code execution (CVE-2015-0308).

Arbitrary code execution could also end up carried out by exploiting a type confusion vulnerability (CVE-2015-0305) reported by Project Zero affiliate Natalie Silvanovich.

A researcher using the online moniker bilou has identified two flaws: a heap-based buffer overflow (CVE-2015-0304) reported via Verisign’s iDefense Vulnerability Contributor Program, and an out-of-bounds read vulnerability (CVE-2015-0307) reported through HP’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). The issues reported by bilou could result in code execution and leak memory addresses, respectively.

A heap-based buffer overflow flaw that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-0309) came courtesy of Yang Dingning through the Chromium Vulnerability Rewards Program.

None of these vulnerabilities to date are suffering from exploitation.

The flaws patched with the release of Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257 for Windows and Mac OS X affect version 16.0.0.235 and earlier. The Linux version of the application updated to 11.2.202.429. Flash Player 11.2.202.425 and earlier for Linux end up impacted by the fixed security bugs. Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release updated to version 13.0.0.260.

The Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) cross-platform run-time system, which uses Flash Player, also received an update.



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