Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Adobe Flash Player PCRE Handling Heap Overflow Vulnerability


Adobe Flash Player is a lightweight freeware and rich Internet application that delivers consistent and engaging user experiences, stunning audio/video playback, and exciting gameplay. Its plug-in version is available for every major web browser. Google Chrome comes bundled with the sandboxed Adobe Flash Player plug-in.
Adobe Flash Player parses and runs SWF files. It supports vector and raster graphics, 3D graphics, an embedded scripting language called ActionScript, and streaming of video and audio. According to Adobe's statistics, Flash Player has been installed on more than 1.3 billion systems. It has already become the standard for delivering high-impact, rich Web content.
A heap overflow vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Flash Player. This vulnerability is caused due to a failure to execute a string match after a specifically crafted regular expression used in ActionScript code is compiled. It could lead to arbitrary code execution.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Aug 12, 2015
Users should apply the solution provided by Adobe Software.


This vulnerability was discovered by Kai Lu of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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