Adobe Flash Player Flash Video File Parsing Heap Overflow Vulnerability
Adobe Flash Player runs SWF files that can be created by the Adobe Flash authoring tool, by Adobe Flex, or by a number of other Macromedia and third-party tools. For more information, please visit the following website:
Remote exploitation of a heap buffer overflow vulnerability in Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash Player could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user. Adobe Flash Player is an application for viewing animations and movies using computer programs such as a Web browser; in common use, Flash lets users put animation and movies on a website.
The vulnerability occurs when parsing a specially crafted Flash video (.flv) file. When decoding ADPCM audio in a Flash video file, Flash Player fails to properly validate a buffer size. This results in a heap-based buffer overflow and can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.
The following versions of Adobe Flash are vulnerable:
- Adobe Flash Player versions prior to 11.6.602.168 for Windows
- Adobe Flash Player versions prior to 11.6.602.167 for Macintosh
- Adobe Flash Player versions prior to 220.127.116.110 for Linux
- Adobe Flash Player versions prior to 18.104.22.168 for Android 4.x
- Adobe Flash Player versions prior to 22.214.171.124 for Android 3.x and 2.x
- Flash Player versions prior to 11.6.602.167 for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8
- Flash Player versions prior to 11.6.602.167 for Chrome users (Windows, Macintosh and Linux)
- Adobe AIR prior to version 126.96.36.1997
- Adobe AIR prior to version 188.8.131.529 SDK
- Adobe AIR prior to version 184.108.40.2067 for Android
Disable or uninstall Flash Player, or only allow it to run from trusted websites. This can be performed by changing the permissions on the Flash plug-in binary or by browser plug-in configuration options. This workaround may prevent websites relying on Flash technology from working properly.
Adobe has released a fix which addresses this issue. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL:
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2013-0638 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
12/14/2012 Initial Vendor Notification
12/14/2012 Initial Vendor Reply
02/12/2013 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Damian Put.
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