Public Vulnerability Reports

Adobe Shockwave .w32 FLST Heap Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

11.09.11

BACKGROUND

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:

http://get.adobe.com/shockwave

DESCRIPTION

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 "FLST" record. Specifically, data from the record is copied into a fixed-sized (0x1000) heap buffer without ensuring that the buffer is large enough to hold the data. This results in heap corruption, which can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.

ANALYSIS

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.

DETECTION

Shockwave versions 11.5.9.620 and prior are vulnerable.

WORKAROUND

iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.

VENDOR RESPONSE

Adobe has released a fix which addresses this issue. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-17.html

CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2011-2126 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.

DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

05/11/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
05/11/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
11/09/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure

CREDIT

This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Luigi Auriemma.

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Copyright © 2011 Verisign, Inc.

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