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Adobe Patches 20 Flaws in Flash Player, Other Products

Updates released by Adobe on Tuesday for Flash Player, Shockwave Player, Captivate and Digital Editions address a total of 20 vulnerabilities, including critical weaknesses that can be exploited for remote code execution.

Nine vulnerabilities have been patched in Flash Player with the release of version 26.0.0.126. The security holes have been described as critical use-after-free and memory corruption flaws that can lead to remote code execution.

bee13oy of CloverSec Labs, Jihui Lu of Tencent KeenLab, and researchers from Google Project Zero reported the issues to Adobe. The flaws have been assigned the following CVE identifiers: CVE-2017-3075, CVE-2017-3081, CVE-2017-3083, CVE-2017-3084, CVE-2017-3076, CVE-2017-3077, CVE-2017-3078, CVE-2017-3079 and CVE-2017-3082.

Nine flaws have also been fixed by Adobe in the Digital Editions ebook reader. However, these bugs have a lower priority rating and only four memory corruptions that can be exploited for remote code execution are considered critical.

The other vulnerabilities, classified as important, can lead to privilege escalation and memory address disclosure. These flaws were reported to Adobe by experts from Tencent, Fortinet, CTU Security and Japan-based researcher Yuji Tounai.

Fortinet employees also informed Adobe of a remote code execution vulnerability in Shockwave Player for Windows. The problem is considered critical, but it has been assigned a priority rating of “2,” which means it’s less likely to be exploited.

One important information disclosure flaw has been fixed in the Windows and Macintosh versions of Adobe Captivate, an authoring tool that is used for creating e-learning content.

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Eduard Kovacs is an international correspondent for SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.