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

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.

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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).

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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).

Topic: Software Development

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  • Adobe AIR

    Ryan, why don't you mention Adobe AIR in these announcements?

    I think it's almost always needing update parallel to Flash, and it does this time, to AIR 3.3. Last line in the recommends on Adobe's release.

    Google has not updated their 'automatically does it for you' browser, and this is something to watch, getting to be a tedious game as they become later and later. They also seem to have eliminated the ability to choose which plugins to run, or have hidden it somewhere I haven't found it yet. All power needs regulation, clearly.
    Narr vi
  • Oh no!

    Another critical Flash hole! Oh no!. I'll ditto my comment next week.
    matdrat
    • Last year, you knew when it was a Thrusday ....

      .... because an Adobe vulnerability was publicized. The funny part was that the vulnerabilities kept coming out, but Adobe wasn't releasing updates.

      This year, I think is down to every other Thursday, with ZDNet being late and writing about it on Fridays.
      wackoae