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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2002.703 -- Macromedia Security Bulletin MSPB02-15
Macromedia Flash Malformed Header Vulnerability Issue
13 December 2002
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Macromedia Flash Player
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access Required: Remote
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MSPB02-15 - Macromedia Flash Malformed Header
Originally Posted: December 12, 2002
Macromedia has recently become aware of a vulnerability
where a hand edited malformed Macromedia Flash movie (SWF)
header can be exploited to cause a buffer over-write issue
which could potentially lead to execution of arbitrary code.
This can only occur with Macromedia Flash movies (SWF) that
have been hand edited with a binary editor; Macromedia Flash,
the authoring tool, will not output movies with this
Customers should follow the recommendations found in this
bulletin and download the latest Macromedia Flash Player.
WHAT MACROMEDIA IS DOING
Macromedia has isolated the issue and released an updated
player (6,0,65,0 or later) which is available for download
on the Macromedia Player Download Center:
Macromedia is committed to the security of the Macromedia
Flash Player and invests considerable ongoing effort to
ensure that the security and privacy of all Macromedia
Flash Player users and all websites serving Macromedia Flash
content are protected.
Macromedia worked together with eEye Digital Security to
verify and fix this issue. Both companies are committed
to security for their customers.
WHAT CUSTOMERS SHOULD DO:
Customers should follow the recommendations found in this
bulletin and download the newer Flash Player.
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providing customers with the information on how they can
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THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MACROMEDIA IN THIS BULLETIN
IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND.
MACROMEDIA AND ITS SUPPLIERS DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES,
WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING THE
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SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF IMPLIED
WARRANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
IN NO EVENT SHALL MACROMEDIA, INC. OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE
LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL,
SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, COVER, LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS
INTERRUPTION OR THE LIKE, OR LOSS OF BUSINESS DAMAGES,
BASED ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY INCLUDING BREACH OF
CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY, TORT(INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE),
PRODUCT LIABILITY OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF MACROMEDIA, INC.
OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN
ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. (USA ONLY)
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LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE
ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU AND
YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER LEGAL RIGHTS THAT VARY FROM STATE
Macromedia reserves the right to update the information in
this document with current information.
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