Vulnerability Note VU#945060

Adobe Flash products contain multiple vulnerabilities

Original Release date: 16 Mar 2006 | Last revised: 18 Dec 2007


Several vulnerabilities in Adobe Macromedia Flash products may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


The Adobe Flash Player is a player for the Flash media format and enables frame-based animations with sound to be viewed within a web browser.

A number of vulnerabilites have been discovered in the way that the Flash Player handles data contained within the Flash (SWF) file. The underlying cause of these vulnerabilities is unknown at this time. A maliciously crafted SWF that exploits these vulnerabilities could be supplied through a web page, for example. Because of the way that Flash Player is used, multiple Adobe products are affected by these issues, including:

  • Flash Player versions and earlier
  • Breeze Meeting Add-In versions 5.1 and earlier
  • Shockwave Player versions and earlier
  • Flash Debug Player versions and earlier
  • Flash Professional 8 and Flash Basic
  • Flash MX 2004

Note that vulnerable versions of the Flash Player are provided with a number of versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple's Mac OS X, and some distributions of the Linux operating systems.


A remote attacker with the ability to supply a specially crafted SWF file to a vulnerable host may be able to execute arbitrary code on that system. The attacker-supplied code would be executed with the privileges of the user opening the file.


Apply a patch

Patches have been released in response to this issue. Please see the Systems Affected section of this document for more information.


Microsoft has published a number of workarounds for users of the affected products on Microsoft Windows platforms. Please see the Workarounds section of Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-020 for more information.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
AdobeAffected03 Mar 200616 Mar 2006
Apple Computer, Inc.Affected-11 Apr 2006
Gentoo LinuxAffected-09 May 2006
Microsoft CorporationAffected-09 May 2006
Red Hat, Inc.Affected-16 Mar 2006
SUSE LinuxAffected-09 May 2006
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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Thanks to Adobe Systems, Inc. for reporting this vulnerability. Adobe, in turn, credits Microsoft with reporting these vulnerabilities to them.

This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0024
  • Date Public: 14 Mar 2006
  • Date First Published: 16 Mar 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 18 Dec 2007
  • Severity Metric: 25.65
  • Document Revision: 35


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