Remote code execution in Adobe Flash Player

Published: 2012-08-14 | Updated: 2016-12-29
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2012-1535
CWE ID CWE-119
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Adobe Flash Player Subscribe
Vendor Adobe

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Memory corruption

Severity: Critical

CVSSv3: 8.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2012-1535

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Description

The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The weakness exists due to boundary error when parsing malicious files. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.

Mitigation

Update Adobe Flash Player for Windows and Macintosh to version 11.3.300.271:
http://www.adobe.com/go/getflash
http://www.adobe.com/licensing/distribution
http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/
Update Adobe Flash Player for Linux to version 11.2.202.238.
http://www.adobe.com/go/getflash

Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Flash Player: 11.0.1.152, 11.1.102.55, 11.1.102.62, 11.2.202.228, 11.2.202.233, 11.2.202.235, 11.3.300.257, 11.3.300.265, 11.3.300.268

CPE External links

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-18.html

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.