Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR Could Allow Remote Code Execution

ITS Advisory Number: 
2013-105
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR that could allow remote code execution. Adobe Flash Player is a widely distributed multimedia and application player used to enhance the user experience when visiting web pages or reading email messages. Adobe AIR enables developers to build web applications without the constraints of a browser.

Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user access.

Systems Affected: 
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.117 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.203.310 and earlier versions for Linux
  • Adobe AIR 3.9.0.1030 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe AIR 3.9.0.1060 and earlier versions for Android
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR that address vulnerabilities which could result in remote code execution. These security updates resolve the following vulnerabilities:

Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user access.

Actions: 
  • Install the updates provided by Adobe immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.
References: 
Adobe:
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins//apsb13-26.html
CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-5329
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-5330