Vulnerability in Adobe Shockwave Player Could Allow for Remote Code Execution (APSB14-10)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2014-025
Date(s) Issued: 
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Subject: 
Vulnerability in Adobe Shockwave Player Could Allow for Remote Code Execution (APSB14-10)
Overview: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Shockwave that could allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system. Adobe Shockwave is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages. 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 rights.

Systems Affected: 
  • Adobe Shockwave 12.0.9.149 and earlier.
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 Shockwave Player is prone to a remote code execution because of memory corruption vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities may be exploited if a user visits, or is redirected to, a specially crafted web page. It may also be exploited when a user opens a specially crafted file. 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 rights.

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://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/shockwave/apsb14-10.html
CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0505