Adobe Flash Player: Multiple vulnerabilities — GLSA 200801-07

Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified, the worst of which allow arbitrary code execution on a user's system via a malicious Flash file.

Affected packages

www-plugins/adobe-flash on all architectures
Affected versions <
Unaffected versions >=


The Adobe Flash Player is a renderer for the popular SWF file format, which is commonly used to provide interactive websites, digital experiences and mobile content.


  • Flash contains a copy of PCRE which is vulnerable to a heap-based buffer overflow (GLSA 200711-30, CVE-2007-4768).
  • Aaron Portnoy reported an unspecified vulnerability related to input validation (CVE-2007-6242).
  • Jesse Michael and Thomas Biege reported that Flash does not correctly set memory permissions (CVE-2007-6246).
  • Dan Boneh, Adam Barth, Andrew Bortz, Collin Jackson, and Weidong Shao reported that Flash does not pin DNS hostnames to a single IP addresses, allowing for DNS rebinding attacks (CVE-2007-5275).
  • David Neu reported an error withing the implementation of the Socket and XMLSocket ActionScript 3 classes (CVE-2007-4324).
  • Toshiharu Sugiyama reported that Flash does not sufficiently restrict the interpretation and usage of cross-domain policy files, allowing for easier cross-site scripting attacks (CVE-2007-6243).
  • Rich Cannings reported a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the way the "asfunction:" protocol was handled (CVE-2007-6244).
  • Toshiharu Sugiyama discovered that Flash allows remote attackers to modify HTTP headers for client requests and conduct HTTP Request Splitting attacks (CVE-2007-6245).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted file (usually in a web browser), possibly leading to the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the Adobe Flash Player. The attacker could also cause a user's machine to establish TCP sessions with arbitrary hosts, bypass the Security Sandbox Model, obtain sensitive information, port scan arbitrary hosts, or conduct cross-site-scripting attacks.


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Adobe Flash Player users should upgrade to the latest version:

 # emerge --sync
 # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=www-plugins/adobe-flash-"

Please be advised that unaffected packages of the Adobe Flash Player have known problems when used from within the Konqueror and Opera browsers.


Release date
January 20, 2008

Latest revision
May 28, 2009: 03



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