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Adobe Patches 29 Vulnerabilities in Flash Player

Adobe announced on Tuesday that security updates released for Flash Player, Digital Editions and Adobe Air SDK & Compiler patch a total of 37 vulnerabilities.

Adobe announced on Tuesday that security updates released for Flash Player, Digital Editions and Adobe Air SDK & Compiler patch a total of 37 vulnerabilities.

According to Adobe, Flash Player versions prior to 23.0.0.162 and 18.0.0.375 are affected by 27 critical flaws, including integer overflow, use-after-free and other memory corruption issues that can be exploited for arbitrary code execution, and various security bypass vulnerabilities that can lead to information disclosure.

The Flash Player vulnerabilities were reported to Adobe by independent researchers and employees of Google, Qihoo 360, NCC Group, Tencent, Microsoft and Palo Alto Networks. Eight of the 14 memory corruption issues resolved in the latest versions were identified by Tao Yan of Palo Alto Networks.

Adobe has also updated the Windows, OS X, iOS and Android versions of the Digital Editions ebook reader. Digital Editions 4.5.1 and earlier are affected by seven vulnerabilities that can be exploited for arbitrary code execution, including a use-after-free reported by Mario Gomes via ZDI, and multiple memory corruption bugs found by Ke Liu of Tencent’s Xuanwu LAB.

The security holes, rated critical with a priority rating of 3, have been addressed with the release of Digital Editions 4.5.2.

A separate advisory published by Adobe on Tuesday describes security improvements made to the AIR SDK & Compiler based on an issue reported by experts from Nightwatch Cybersecurity.

Version 23.0.0.257 of the product adds support for secure transmission of runtime analytics for AIR applications on Android. The company has advised developers to recompile captive runtime bundles after applying the patch.

Adobe says it’s not aware of any in-the-wild exploits targeting the patched vulnerabilities. It is not uncommon for the company to release updates that address zero-day flaws, including ones exploited by sophisticated espionage groups and profit-driven cybercriminals.

Related: Adobe Patches Flash Zero-Day Under Attack

Related: Adobe Patches Flash Zero-Day Exploited in the Wild

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at 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.

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