Security updates released by Adobe on Tuesday for seven of its products patch a total of 21 vulnerabilities, including 15 flaws that have been assigned a critical severity rating.
Seven vulnerabilities have been addressed in Adobe After Effects for Windows and macOS. Five of them can allow arbitrary code execution and they have been rated critical, but it’s worth noting that they are actually high-severity issues based on their CVSS score. In fact, all flaws rated critical by Adobe have a CVSS score that places them in the high severity range.
The remaining two After Effects flaws have been described as arbitrary file system read issues and they have been assigned a moderate severity rating — low severity based on their CVSS score.
Six vulnerabilities, including five critical arbitrary code execution flaws, have been patched in Adobe Media Encoder for Windows and macOS.
One critical code execution bug and one moderate-severity file system read issue have been patched in Photoshop, and two critical code execution vulnerabilities have been fixed in Adobe Prelude.
An arbitrary code execution vulnerability has also been patched in Character Animator 2020, along with an important-severity privilege escalation issue.
Adobe also released advisories to inform customers about a critical code execution vulnerability in Premiere Pro, and a moderate-severity code execution flaw in the company’s Audition product.
Adobe says it’s not aware of any in-the-wild exploits for the vulnerabilities patched this week, and since all the advisories have a priority rating of 3, the company likely does not expect them to be targeted by malicious actors.
More than half of the vulnerabilities were reported by researchers from Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative and China-based Topsec Alpha Team.
Researchers based in China are often credited by Adobe for reporting vulnerabilities in the company’s products. However, China recently introduced a law that requires citizens who find zero-day vulnerabilities to disclose them to the Chinese government and not sell them to any third-party outside of China. While researchers are still allowed to report flaws to the vendors whose products are impacted, the new law could discourage some researchers from doing so.