pacsec hype security team: 7 words of warning about Macromedia Flash Player 9+



Advisory:

"The new Flash player adds network functions!"

Details:

With a minor amount of fanfare "binary socket" support has been
added to Flash Player 9 / ActionScript 3.0. The Flash sandbox model
is primarily focused on preventing modifications to the local system,
and thus there are many ways to bypass the only-connect-back-upstream
and port<1024 limitations on the SWF applet Socket() class. A
(potentially malicious) server can override the limit with a
cross domain policy file on the server, or it can be overriden
locally at the player with a global setting/policy change, or
by configuring the applet as trusted.

Adobe has a paper on flash security configuration at:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashplayer/articles/flash_player_9_security.pdf

The potential for network misuse possible in Flash just went up
several orders of magnitude, and as the Adobe site triumphantly
proclaims, it's apparently in use at 97.3% of networked computers.
I'll avoid some of the more exotic scenarios, lest they give
anyone some bad ideas - and leave this caveat at this warning.

Audited the trusted Flash applets on your system lately?

Forewarned is Forearmed.

cheers,
--dr

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