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Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player

Release date: February 26, 2013

Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-08

Priority: See table below

CVE number: CVE-2013-0504, CVE-2013-0643, CVE-2013-0648

Platform: All platforms

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows, Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh, and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.270 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a website serving malicious Flash (SWF) content. The exploit for CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 is designed to target the Firefox browser.

Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows and Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171.
  • Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.270 and earlier versions for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.273.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome will automatically be updated to the latest Google Chrome version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 will automatically be updated to the latest version of Internet Explorer 10, which will include Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 for Windows.

Affected software versions

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.270  and earlier versions for Linux

To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your system, access the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe (or Macromedia) Flash Player" from the menu. If you use multiple browsers, perform the check for each browser you have installed on your system.

Solution

Adobe recommends users update their software installations by following the instructions below:

  • Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows and Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh, update to the newest version 11.6.602.171 by downloading it from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center. Users of Flash Player 11.2.x or later for Windows, and users of Flash Player 11.3.x or later for Macintosh, who have selected the option to 'Allow Adobe to install updates' will receive the update automatically. Users who do not have the 'Allow Adobe to install updates' option enabled can install the update via the update mechanism within the product when prompted.
  • For users of Flash Player 10.3.183.63 and earlier versions for Windows and Flash Player 10.3.183.61 and earlier versions for Macintosh, who cannot update to Flash Player 11.6.602.171, Adobe has made available the update Flash Player 10.3.183.67, which can be downloaded here.
  • Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.270 and earlier versions for Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.273 by downloading it from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center.
  • For users of Flash Player 10.3.183.61 and earlier versions for Linux, who cannot update to Flash Player 11.2.202.273, Adobe has made available the update Flash Player 10.3.183.67, which can be downloaded here.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome will automatically be updated to the latest Google Chrome version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 will automatically be updated to the latest Internet Explorer 10 version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 for Windows.

Priority and severity ratings

Adobe categorizes these updates with the following priority ratings and recommends users update their installations to the newest versions:

Product Updated version Platform Priority rating
Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 Windows and Macintosh 1
  11.2.202.273 Linux 3
       

These updates address critical vulnerabilities in the software.

Details

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows, Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh, and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.270 and earlier versions for Linux.  These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking a link which directs to a website serving malicious Flash (SWF) content.  The exploit for CVE-2013-0643 and CVE-2013-0648 is designed to target the Firefox browser. 

Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows and Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171.
  • Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.270 and earlier versions for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.273.
  • Flash Player installed with Google Chrome will automatically be updated to the latest Google Chrome version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
  • Flash Player installed with Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 will automatically be updated to the latest version of Internet Explorer 10, which will include Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.171 for Windows.

This update resolves a permissions issue with the Flash Player Firefox sandbox (CVE-2013-0643).

This update resolves a vulnerability in the ExternalInterface ActionScript feature, which can be exploited to execute malicious code (CVE-2013-0648).

This update resolves a buffer overflow vulnerability in a Flash Player broker service, which can be used to execute malicious code (CVE-2013-0504).

Affected software Recommended player update Availability
Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows 11.6.602.171 Flash Player Download Center
Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh 11.6.602.171 Flash Player Download Center
Flash Player 11.6.602.168 and earlier versions for Windows - network distribution 11.6.602.171 Flash Player Licensing
Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier versions for Macintosh - network distribution 11.6.602.171 Flash Player Licensing
Flash Player 11.2.202.270 and earlier for Linux 11.2.202.273 Flash Player Download Center
Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier for Chrome users (Windows, Macintosh and Linux) 11.6.602.171 Google Chrome Releases
Flash Player 11.6.602.167 and earlier in Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 11.6.602.171 Microsoft Security Advisory

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank Mark Yason of IBM X-Force (CVE-2013-0504) for his report and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers.