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iDefense Security Advisory 02.12.08: Adobe Flash Media Server 2 Memory Corruption Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 02.12.08
Feb 12, 2008
Adobe Flash Media Server is an application server for Flash based
applications. It provides an environment to run interactive media
applications, as well as audio and video streaming functionality. More
information can be found at the vendor's web site at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Adobe
Systems Inc.'s Flash Media Server 2 could allow an unauthenticated
attacker to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.
The Flash Media Server contains a component called the Edge server,
which listens on TCP ports 1935 and 19350 for incoming connections.
This port is the primary port used for client/server communication. The
Edge server speaks the Real Time Message Protocol, or RTMP, a
proprietary binary protocol developed by Adobe.
This vulnerability exists within the code responsible for parsing RTMP
messages. A certain sequence of requests can lead to an area of memory
being used after it has been released. This leads to the execution of
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with SYSTEM level privileges. In order to exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker only needs the ability to connect to the
target server on TCP port 1935 or 19350.
Unsuccessful attempts at exploitation will likely result in the Edge
server crashing. After crashing, the Edge server will be restarted
automatically. This gives an attacker an unlimited number of attempts
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Flash
Media Server 2 version 2.0.4 on Windows. Previous versions, as well as
the Linux version, may also be affected.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Adobe has addressed this vulnerability by releasing version 2.0.5 of
Flash Media Server. For more information, consult their bulletin at the
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-6148 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
11/27/2007 Initial vendor notification
11/27/2007 Initial vendor response
02/12/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, VeriSign iDefense
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