Adobe Shockwave Player is a popular Web browser plug-in. It is available for multiple Web browsers and platforms, including Windows, and MacOS. Shockwave Player enables Web browsers to display rich multimedia content in the form of Shockwave videos. For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following link:
Remote exploitation of a heap overflow vulnerability in Adobe Systems Inc.'s Shockwave could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
This vulnerability occurs when Shockwave processes a maliciously constructed "DRCF" chunk. Specifically, when parsing a substructure inside of this chunk, it is possible to trigger a code path that leads to an incorrect string copy operation. The vulnerable code performs a certain operation on a heap-based buffer, which has the effect of overwriting the NULL terminator of the string in the middle of the copy operation. This will lead to an endless copy loop until the read operation hits the end of the memory segment. This operation writes beyond the allocated heap buffer, and can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the Web page. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious Web page created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. After the user visits the malicious Web page, no further user interaction is needed.
Shockwave Player version 188.8.131.520 and prior are vulnerable.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
Adobe has addressed this issue with an update. Further details and patches can be found at the following URL.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2011-0335 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
05/18/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
05/18/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
06/14/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Luigi Auriemma.
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