Security Update for Critical Vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player
Date: 8 May 2012
The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to recently released security updates for Adobe Flash Player.
Adobe has released Security Bulletin APSB12-09 to address an object confusion vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions.
This vulnerability could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted file that could cause the application to crash and potentially take control of the affected system.
There are reports that the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email message. The exploit targets Flash Player on Internet Explorer for Microsoft Windows only.
Affected software versions:
- Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
- Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.11 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x
CVE Reference: CVE-2012-0779
CCIRC recommends that system administrators test and deploy the vendor-released updates to the affected applications accordingly.
Note to Readers
The Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre (CCIRC) operates within Public Safety Canada, and works with partners inside and outside Canada to mitigate cyber threats to vital networks outside the federal government. These include systems that keep Canada's critical infrastructure functioning properly, such as the electrical grid and financial networks, or contain valuable commercial information that underpins our economic prosperity. CCIRC supports the owners and operators of systems of national importance, including critical infrastructure, and is responsible for coordinating the national response to any serious cyber security incident.
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