Remote code execution in Adobe Flash Player

Published: 2016-05-10 | Updated: 2017-02-27
Risk 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
Client/Desktop applications / Plugins for browsers, ActiveX components

Adobe AIR
Client/Desktop applications / Multimedia software

Adobe Flash Player for Linux
Client/Desktop applications / Multimedia software

Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release
Client/Desktop applications / Multimedia software

Vendor Adobe

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Type confusion


Risk: Critical


CVE-ID: CVE-2016-4117

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

Exploit availability: Yes


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

Adobe Flash Player: -

Adobe AIR: -

Adobe Flash Player for Linux: -

Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release: -

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