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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2003.0154 -- Macromedia Product Security Bulletin MPSB03-03
Security Patch for Macromedia Flash Player
06 March 2003
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Flash Player
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Access Required: Remote
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MPSB03-03 Security Patch for Macromedia Flash Player
Originally posted: March 3, 2003
Macromedia is committed to the security of Macromedia
Flash Player, and invests considerable ongoing effort to
ensure that we protect the security and privacy of all
Macromedia Flash Player users and all websites serving
Macromedia Flash content.
To ensure that the code we write and the software we
release is as secure as possible, we have enhanced our
testing practices, worked with third parties to evaluate
our software architecture, and tested our software with
detailed penetration tests. We hire and welcome third
parties from the security field to help us deliver the
most secure software possible.
Macromedia is dedicated to protecting the security and
privacy of its customers. This is a long-term effort
for Macromedia across all products. As part of that
commitment, Macromedia recently appointed Paul Madar
as its chief product security officer. Madar will work
within the company, our developer community, and the
security field to bring a relentless focus on this
initiative. Madar runs product development for servers
and recently ran product development for all Macromedia
Recently, Macromedia became aware of potential security
issues with Macromedia Flash Player. A new version of
Macromedia Flash Player fixes these issues to protect
our users from any content that attempts to execute
this type of malicious code.
The cumulative security patch is available today and
addresses the potential for future exploits surrounding
buffer overflows (read/write) and sandbox integrity within
the player which might allow malicious users to gain access
to a user’s computer. The security patch addresses this
issue while maintaining the robust security framework for
delivering rich application experiences.
Macromedia categorizes this issue as a critical update and
recommends users immediately update to the newest player.
WHAT CUSTOMERS SHOULD DO:
Macromedia has released a cumulative security patch for
Macromedia Flash Player (6,0,79,0), which you can download
on the Macromedia Player Download Center at:
Reporting Security Issues
Macromedia is committed to addressing security issues and
providing customers with the information on how they can
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send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work to
appropriately address and communicate the issue.
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please visit the Security Zone at:
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IN NO EVENT SHALL MACROMEDIA, INC. OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE
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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
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OR ITS SUPPLIERS OR THEIR REPRESENTATIVES HAVE BEEN
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LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SO THE
ABOVE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU AND
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Macromedia reserves the right to update the information in
this document with current information.
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