Adobe patches critical Flash Player holes; adds support for Mac OS X Gatekeeper

Summary:The vulnerabilities could be exploited to cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe today shipped a new version of its ever-present Flash Player software with fixes for at least seven dangerous security holes and the addition of support for the Gatekeeper technology that coming in Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

The security update, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux operating systems, address vulnerabilities that "could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

Here's a skinny on the security fixes from Adobe's advisory:

These updates resolve a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2034).

  • These updates resolve a stack overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2035).
    follow Ryan Naraine on twitter
  • These updates resolve an integer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2036).
  • These updates resolve a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2037).
  • These updates resolve a security bypass vulnerability that could lead to information disclosure (CVE-2012-2038).
  • These updates resolve null dereference vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2039).
  • These updates resolve a binary planting vulnerability in the Flash Player installer that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2040).

Apple pushes 'Gatekeeper' to protect Mac OS X from malware ]

Separately, Adobe security chief Brad Arkin says the new Flash Player 11.3 introduces a sandbox to Firefox users on Windows.

For Mac users, the update also includes the background updater for Mac OS X and is now signed with an Apple Developer ID, so that Flash Player can work with the new Gatekeeper technology for Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8).

Topics: Software Development

About

Ryan Naraine is a journalist and social media enthusiast specializing in Internet and computer security issues. He is currently security evangelist at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-malware company with operations around the globe. He is taking a leadership role in developing the company's online community initiative around secure content managem... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.