Adobe Fixes 18 Vulnerabilities

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 @ 11:05 AM gHale

Adobe’s Patch Tuesday offering included fixes for its Flash, Reader, and Acrobat platforms, as well as an update for Illustrator. In total, the update will patch 18 common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) security flaws.

Six of the flaws end up addressed in an update for the Windows, Linux, and OS X versions of Flash Player and Air SDK. The company said the update includes fixes for critical flaws that could allow remote code execution, and updating Flash Player should be a top priority for users and administrators.

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Adobe credited the discovery of four of the flaws to Contextis researcher James Forshaw. Researchers with Keen Team and Team 509 via HP Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) received credit for unearthing another flaw, while Masato Kinugawa discovered one vulnerability.

Reader and Acrobat will receive 11 fixes, including remote code execution flaws for OS X and Windows software, which the company recommends administrators make a top deployment priority alongside the Flash Player updates.

Researchers credited with discovering those flaws include VUPEN (via HP ZDI), Ukatemi’s Gábor Molnár, Nanyang Technological University’s Wei Lei and Wu Hongjun, Yuki Chen of Trend Micro, Agile Information Security’s Pedro Ribeiro, HP ZDI researcher chkr_d591, Honglin Long, Sune Vuorela from Ange Optimization, and researchers with the Venustech Active-Defense Lab.

The third patch, addressing a remote code vulnerability in Illustrator CS6 for Windows and OS X, is a lower priority, as the platform is not a popular target for malware attacks – although users and administrators should test and deploy the update as soon as possible. Credit for discovery of the flaw went to researcher Noam Rathaus.

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