Until recently, researchers had to take Microsoft’s word the vulnerability was severe. Then five researchers from security firm McAfee reported last Tuesday that they were able to exploit the vulnerability and gain remote code execution without any end-user interaction. The post affirmed that CVE-2019-0708, as the vulnerability is indexed, is every bit as critical as Microsoft said it was.
The relevant CVEs ((Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures reference number used by researchers and vendors)) are:
And from Adobe’s release, the list of vulnerable versions is quite broad:
Affected software versions
- Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
- Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.1996 and earlier versions for Linux
- Adobe AIR 188.8.131.520 and earlier versions for Android
- Adobe AIR 184.108.40.2060 SDK and earlier versions
- Adobe AIR 220.127.116.110 SDK & Compiler and earlier versions
Essentially, if you didn’t download a new version of Adobe Flash today, you’re probably vulnerable.
Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.1246 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2014-0502 exists in the wild, and recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions.