A Vulnerability in Adobe Shockwave Player for Windows Could Allow for Remote Code Execution (APSB17-40)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2017-112
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Subject: 
A Vulnerability in Adobe Shockwave Player for Windows Could Allow for Remote Code Execution (APSB17-40)
Overview: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player for Windows, which could allow for remote code execution. Adobe Shockwave 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 of this vulnerability could result in the attacker gaining control of the affected system. Depending on the privileges associated with this application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system exploitation of this vulnerability could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

There are currently no reports of this vulnerability being exploited in the wild.

Systems Affected: 

Adobe Shockwave Player for Windows versions prior to 12.3.1.201

RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
Medium
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
Medium
Home Users: 
Low
Description: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player for Windows, which could allow for remote code execution. Adobe Shockwave Player is a widely distributed multimedia and application player used to enhance the user experience when visiting web pages or reading email messages. According to the Adobe Security Bulletin, this is a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to remote code execution (CVE-2017-11294). No additional details have been released.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in the attacker gaining control of the affected system. Depending on the privileges associated with this application, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. If this application has been configured to have fewer user rights on the system, exploitation of the most severe of these vulnerabilities could have less impact than if it was configured with administrative rights.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, immediately install the updates provided by Adobe.
  • 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 websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from un-trusted sources.
  • Apply the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services.