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Adobe Flash Player asfunction protocol may enable cross-site scripting

Vulnerability Note VU#758769

Original Release Date: 2007-12-19 | Last Revised: 2008-01-15


The Adobe Flash player asfunction protocol could allow an attacker to conduct cross-site scripting attacks on websites that host vulnerable Flash files.


The Adobe Flash Player is a player for the Flash media format and enables frame-based animations and multimedia to be viewed within a web browser. ActionScript is a scripting language that is used to develop software and multimedia files that are processed by the Adobe Flash Player. The asfunction protocol enables HTTP hyperlinks in Flash files to launch a ActionScript functions.

Per Adobe Security Bulletin APSB07-20:
This update restricts the unsupported asfunction: protocol to address potential cross-site scripting issues with some SWF files. This issue is specific to Flash Player 8 and Flash Player 9 and does not affect Flash Player 7.

Note that vulnerable versions of the Flash Player may be distributed with various operating systems.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to launch cross-site scripting attacks against sites that host vulnerable Flash files.


Update Flash Player
Adobe has released an update to address this issue. Adobe Security Bulletin APSB07-20 contains more information about obtaining fixed software. Adobe Dreamweaver users may need to manually update their Flash player to obtain updates. See the Protocol Solutions Network Security Blog Adobe/Macromedia/Dreamweaver vulnerability posting for more information.

Limit access to Flash files

Limiting access to untrusted Flash files can prevent cross-site scripting attacks that use Flash files. Disable ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone in Microsoft Internet Explorer. See Securing Your Web Browser for more information. Consider using the NoScript extension to whitelist web sites that can run Flash in Mozilla browsers such as Firefox. See the NoScript FAQ for more information.

Vendor Information


Adobe Affected

Updated:  December 19, 2007



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


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Adobe credits Rich Cannings of the Google Security Team for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-6244
Severity Metric: 14.58
Date Public: 2007-12-19
Date First Published: 2007-12-19
Date Last Updated: 2008-01-15 13:52 UTC
Document Revision: 24

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