[Full-disclosure] Multiple Flash Authoring Heap Overflows - Malformed SWF Files
redhowlingwolves at nc.rr.com
Thu Oct 16 06:00:52 BST 2008
Paul Craig wrote:
> Multiple Flash Authoring Heap Overflows - Malformed SWF Files
> Vendor Website: http://www.adobe.com
> Affected Versions:
> Adobe Flash Professional CS3/Flash MX2004
> Vendor Notified. July 2008
> Public Disclosure. October 16th 2008
> Researcher: Paul Craig - paul.craig <at> security-assessment.com
> ============================ Overview ==================================
> During analysis of the SWF file format used by commercial Flash authoring
> applications multiple heap overflows were discovered within Adobe Flash
> CS3 Professional, and Adobe Flash MX 2004.
> Heap overflow conditions occurred when opening or importing malformed .SWF
> files within the Flash authoring applications.
> Exploitable conditions were related to excessively long control parameters
> within an SWF file, which resulted in a heap overflow condition.
> Exploitation of the heap overflow conditions would allow a malicious user
> to gain command execution on the system which opened the file.
> Only the Flash authoring software was found to insecurely parse malformed
> .SWF files.
> The Flash player was NOT found to be vulnerable to these specific attacks.
> =========================== Solutions ==================================
> A patch has been released from Adobe to address this vulnerability
> Additionally Adobe Flash CS4 has been officially released which resolves
> these particular vulnerabilities.
> ============================ Credit ====================================
> Discovered and advised to Adobe in July 2008 by Paul Craig of
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Admittedly; a nice finding.
Realistically, there are hacked versions of .swf devel platforms that
allow you to do, pretty much, what you want if it will fit in the
amount of space that is safe for AV's to miss the exploit that you
present to the user.
Same with .pdf's and a slew of other file formats.
I guess the real problem comes in believing the user is actually
using the adobe product.
Just saying that authors can be using a different approach.
No bad karma intended.
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