A Vulnerability has been Discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player that Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution (APSB15-26)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2015-131
Date(s) Issued: 
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Subject: 
A Vulnerability has been Discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player that Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution (APSB15-26)
Overview: 

An Unspecified Memory Corruption Vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Shockwave Player, which could allow for an attacker to execute arbitrary code or crash the application. Adobe Shockwave Player is a multimedia platform used to add animation and interactivity to web pages.

Successfully exploiting this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code within the  context of the user running the affected application. Failed attempts will likely cause a denial-of-service condition.

Systems Affected: 
  • Adobe Shockwave Player prior to 12.2.1.171
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: 

The Adobe patch resolves a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-7649). The vulnerability can be exploited by the attacker crafting a malicious Shockwave file and attaching it to an email or creating a malicious webpage the user interacts with.

Successfully exploiting this vulnerability may allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Failed attacks can result in a denial of service condition.

Actions: 
  • Apply available patch from 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.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from unknown or un-trusted sources.