Multiple Vulnerabilities In Adobe Flash Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB15-02) and (APSB15-03)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2015-005
Date(s) Issued: 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities In Adobe Flash Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB15-02) and (APSB15-03)
Overview: 

Vulnerabilities discovered in Adobe Flash Player could allow for 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. Successful exploitation could result in an attacker compromising data security, potentially allowing access to confidential data, or could compromise processing resources in a user's computer. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

Systems Affected: 
  • Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.262 and earlier 13.x versions
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.438 and earlier versions for Linux
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: 

Vulnerabilities discovered in Adobe Flash Player could allow for remote code execution. This could give the attacker the ability to run remote code on the system with the same permissions level as the user/browser has. Upgrading to the latest versions through auto-update or manual download will mitigate CVE-2015-0311 and CVE-2015-0312.

Successful exploitation could result in an attacker compromising data security, potentially allowing access to confidential data, or could compromise processing resources in a user's computer.

Actions: 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Install the updates provided by Adobe immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Utilize Google Chrome for web browsing as it may not be vulnerable to this exploit.
  • Do not open email attachments from unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Limit user account privileges to those required only.