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Adobe security alert.

January 14, 2014

Advisory overview

Qualys Vulnerability R&D Lab has released new vulnerability checks in the Qualys Cloud Platform to protect organizations against 5 vulnerabilities that were fixed in 2 bulletins announced today by Adobe. Customers can immediately audit their networks for these and other new vulnerabilities by accessing their Qualys subscription. Visit our blog to see how to prioritize remediation.

Non-Qualys customers can audit their network for these and other vulnerabilities by signing up for a Qualys Free Trial, or by trying our FreeScan service.

Vulnerability details

Adobe has released 2 security bulletins to fix newly discovered flaws in their software. Qualys has released the following checks for these new vulnerabilities:

  • Adobe Reader and Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB14-01)

    Severity
    Critical 4
    Qualys ID
    121711
    Vendor Reference
    APSB14-01
    CVE Reference
    CVE-2014-0493, CVE-2014-0495, CVE-2014-0496
    CVSS Scores
    Base 10 / Temporal 7.8
    Description
    Adobe Reader and Acrobat are applications for handling PDF files.

    Adobe Reader and Acrobat are prone to multiple vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

    Affected Software:
    Adobe Reader XI 11.0.05 and earlier 11.x versions for Windows and Macintosh.
    Adobe Reader X 10.1.8 and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh.
    Adobe Acrobat XI 11.0.05 and earlier 11.x versions for Windows and Macintosh.
    Adobe Acrobat X 10.1.8 and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh.

    Consequence
    Successfully exploiting these vulnerabilities might allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.
    Solution
    Users on Windows and Macintosh systems can utilize the Adobe product's update mechanism. The default configuration is set to run automatic update checks on a regular schedule. Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates.

    Refer to APSB14-01 for more information.

    Patches:
    The following are links for downloading patches to fix these vulnerabilities:
    APSB14-01 Adobe Acrobat - Macintosh
    APSB14-01 Adobe Acrobat - Windows
    APSB14-01 Adobe Reader - Macintosh
    APSB14-01 Adobe Reader - Windows

  • Adobe Flash Player and AIR Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB14-02)

    Severity
    Critical 4
    Qualys ID
    121710
    Vendor Reference
    APSB14-02
    CVE Reference
    CVE-2014-0491, CVE-2014-0492
    CVSS Scores
    Base 10 / Temporal 7.8
    Description
    Adobe Flash Player is a multimedia application for multiple platforms.

    Adobe released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows and Macintosh.

    Affected Versions:
    Adobe Flash Player 11.9.900.170 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe AIR 3.9.0.1380 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh

    Consequence
    These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system
    Solution
    The vendor has released updates to fix the vulnerabilities. Refer to Adobe advisory APSB14-02 for further details.

    Patches:
    The following are links for downloading patches to fix these vulnerabilities:
    APSB14-02 MacOs(Adobe Air)
    APSB14-02 MacOs(Adobe Flash Player)
    APSB14-02 Windows(Adobe Air)
    APSB14-02 Windows(Adobe Flash Player)

These new vulnerability checks are included in Qualys vulnerability signature 2.2.627-3. Each Qualys account is automatically updated with the latest vulnerability signatures as they become available. To view the vulnerability signature version in your account, from the Qualys Help menu, select the About tab.

Selective Scan Instructions Using Qualys

To perform a selective vulnerability scan, configure a scan profile to use the following options:

  1. Ensure access to TCP ports 135 and 139 are available.
  2. Enable Windows Authentication (specify Authentication Records).
  3. Enable the following Qualys IDs:
    • 121711
    • 121710
  4. If you would like the scan to return the Windows Hostname, also include QID 82044 and ensure access to UDP port 137 is available.
  5. If you would like to be notified if Qualys is unable to log on to a host (if Authentication fails), also include QID 105015.

In addition, prior to running a scan for these new vulnerabilities, you can estimate your exposure to these new threats by running the Risk Analysis Report, available from the Qualys Vulnerability Management Reports tab.

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