Adobe patches a critical flaw in Flash Player and AIR shown at Pwn2Own contest

Adobe Systems addressed two remote code execution flaws, including one demonstrated at the Pwn2Own hacking competition last month

Adobe Systems released security updates for Flash Player and AIR in order to address four critical vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution and information disclosure.

One of the vulnerabilities, identified as CVE-2014-0506, stems from a use-after-free memory bug while the other, CVE-2014-0507, is the result of a buffer overflow condition. Both vulnerabilities could be exploited by attackers to take control of an affected system, Adobe said in a security advisory published Tuesday.

The CVE-2014-0506 vulnerability was discovered by researchers from French security firm Vupen who demonstrated it during the Pwn2Own hacking competition in March.

The third vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2014-0508, allows an attacker to bypass the security protections of Flash Player and read information from the system and the fourth flaw, CVE-2014-0509, allows cross-site scripting attacks.

The newly released updates are Flash Player 13.0.0.182 for Windows and Mac and Flash Player 11.2.202.350 for Linux. The Flash Player versions shipped with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1, will be updated automatically through the update mechanisms of those browsers.

Adobe also released version 13.0.0.83 of the AIR runtime and SDK (software development kit) for rich Internet applications, because the product bundles Flash Player and was affected by the same vulnerabilities.

"Adobe is not aware of exploits in the wild for the vulnerabilities fixed in this release," the company said Tuesday via email.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags patchesVupensecurityAdobe Systemspatch managementExploits / vulnerabilities

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucian Constantin

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?