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Adobe Flash Player ActionScript Integer Overflow Vulnerability



Adobe Flash Player is an application for viewing animations and movies using computer programs such as a Web browser; in common usage, Flash lets you put animation and movies on a website. 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 following website:


Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash Player could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.

The vulnerability occurs when parsing a malicious formatted sequence of ActionScript code inside an Adobe Flash file. The problem exists in a certain ActionScript function. This function uses an object length to calculate stack memory allocation length without any overflow checks. This will result in a stack memory corruption and leads to an exploitable condition.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the Web page. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious Web page that an attackers creates. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. After the user visits the malicious Web page, no further user interaction is needed.


Adobe Flash Player versions and prior are vulnerable.


Disable Flash Player plugin by restricting access to Flash Player files, which is usually under C:WINDOWSsystem32MacromedFlash


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-2011-2136 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


06/29/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
06/29/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
08/09/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Vitaliy Toropov.

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