Adobe Macromedia ShockWave Code Execution

Risk: Medium
Local: No
Remote: Yes
CWE: CWE-Other

CVSS Base Score: 9.3/10
Impact Subscore: 10/10
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6/10
Exploit range: Remote
Attack complexity: Medium
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: Complete
Integrity impact: Complete
Availability impact: Complete

ZDI-06-002: Adobe Macromedia ShockWave Code Execution February 23, 2006 -- CVE ID: CVE-2005-3525 -- Affected Vendor: Adobe Macromedia -- Affected Products: Macromedia Shockwave Installer -- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability since November 22, 2005 by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 3934. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: -- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Adobe Macromedia Shockwave. Exploitation requires the target to visit a malicious web site. This specific flaw exists within the ActiveX control with CLSID 166B1BCA-3F9C-11CF-8075-444553540000. Specifying large values for two specific parameters to this control results in an exploitable stack based buffer overflow. Due to the nature of this vulnerability, the target user is not required to have fully completed an installation of Shockwave to be vulnerable. -- Vendor Response: Adobe has fixed the issue in the Shockwave Player ActiveX installer. Since the vulnerability occurs in the installer, no action needs to be taken by current Macromedia Shockwave Player by Adobe customers. Customers downloading and installing the latest Shockwave Player are no longer vulnerable with the updated Shockwave Player ActiveX installer. -- Disclosure Timeline: 2005.11.22 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2005.11.22 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers 2006.02.21 - Vulnerability information provided to ZDI security partners 2006.02.23 - Coordinated public release of advisory -- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by Peter Vreugdenhil. -- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI): Established by TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities. Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at: The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used. 3Com does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, 3Com provides its customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, 3Com provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors) who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product.

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