Remote code execution in Adobe Flash Player

Published: 2016-05-10 | Updated: 2017-02-27
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2016-4117
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software Adobe Flash Player Subscribe
Adobe AIR
Adobe Flash Player for Linux
Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release
Vendor Adobe

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Type confusion

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-2016-4117

CWE-ID: CWE-843 - Access of Resource Using Incompatible Type ('Type Confusion')


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

The weakness exists due to type confusion error when processing .swf files. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Web site, trick the victim into visiting it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.


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Vulnerable software versions

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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.