Adobe Shockwave Player memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Adobe Shockwave Player (Multimedia Player Software). This affects an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Buffer overflow in Adobe Shockwave Player before allows attackers to execute arbitrary code via unspecified vectors, a different vulnerability than CVE-2012-4173, CVE-2012-4174, CVE-2012-4175, and CVE-2012-5273.

The weakness was disclosed 10/23/2012 by Will Dormann with CERT/CC as APSB12-23 as confirmed advisory (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at The public release has been coordinated in cooperation with Adobe. This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2012-4172 since 08/07/2012. The exploitability is told to be difficult. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a private exploit is available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 80182 (Adobe Shockwave Player <= Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB12-23) (Mac OS X)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 120615 (Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB12-23)).

Upgrading to version eliminates this vulnerability. The upgrade is hosted for download at The problem might be mitigated by replacing the product with Microsoft Silverlight, Java or Javascript as an alternative. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 13574.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (79544) and Tenable (80182).








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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

Local: No
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Access: Private
Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 80182
Nessus Name: Adobe Shockwave Player <= Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB12-23) (Mac OS X)
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OpenVAS ID: 802486
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Vulnerabilities Nov-2012 (MAC OS X)
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Upgrade: Shockwave Player
Alternative: Microsoft Silverlight/Java/Javascript
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Advisory: APSB12-23
Researcher: Will Dormann
Organization: CERT/CC
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2012-4172 (🔍)
X-Force: 79544 - Adobe Shockwave Player unspecified buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1027692 - Adobe Shockwave Player Buffer Overflows and Array Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 36807 - [APSB12-23] Adobe Shockwave Player < Unspecified Buffer Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2012-4172, Critical
SecurityFocus: 56194 - Adobe Shockwave Player CVE-2012-4172 Unspecified Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 51090 - Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 86537

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Created: 10/24/2012 10:27 AM
Updated: 04/18/2021 04:03 PM
Changes: 10/24/2012 10:27 AM (58), 04/20/2017 10:30 AM (42), 04/18/2021 04:03 PM (2)
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