Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Adobe Flash patches 17 remote code execution vulnerabilities

Adobe Flash version was released today. This version patches 17 remote code execution vulnerabilities if exploited [see here]. Adobe said that there are no reports of public exploits for any of the patched flaws.

In addition to the desktop version of Flash for Windows and Mac OS X, Adobe also updated Flash for Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge, both of which are expected to be included in today’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday security bulletins. Adobe also updated Flash Player for Linux and various Adobe Air products for Windows, iOS and Android mobile devices. 

To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your system, access the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe (or Macromedia) Flash Player" from the menu. To verify the version of Adobe AIR installed on your system, follow the instructions in the Adobe AIR TechNote

For those of us using multiple browsers, perform the check for each browser you have installed on your system. The Flash updated packages can be found here.

CVE numbers: CVE-2015-7651, CVE-2015-7652, CVE-2015-7653, CVE-2015-7654, CVE-2015-7655, CVE-2015-7656, CVE-2015-7657, CVE-2015-7658, CVE-2015-7659, CVE-2015-7660, CVE-2015-7661, CVE-2015-7662, CVE-2015-7663, CVE-2015-8042, CVE-2015-8043, CVE-2015-8044, CVE-2015-8046

During last month’s scheduled update, Adobe patched Flash and Acrobat Reader addressing 69 critical vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution and information disclosure. Just three days later, Adobe updated Flash once again with an emergency patch that addressed a zero-day type confusion* vulnerability. The zero-day was being exploited by a Russian-speaking APT group during Operation Pawn Storm.

*Type confusion vulnerabilities occur when the code doesn't verify the type of object that is passed to it, and uses it without type-checking. 

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