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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Adobe Flash Player Vendors:   Macromedia
Macromedia Flash eLicensing Function Lets Local Users Gain Elevated Privileges
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1014161
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1014161
CVE Reference:   CVE-2005-4708   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Nov 2 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jun 9 2005
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Root access via local system
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in the Macromedia eLicensing client activation code in Macromedia Flash. A local user can obtain elevated privileges.

A local user in the "Users" group can modify the 'path to executable' configuration setting in the 'Macromedia Licensing Service' settings to point to an alternate file containing arbitrary code. Then, when the service is activated, the arbitrary code will run with Local System privileges.

All versions of Macromedia MX 2004 products are affected, including Studio, Studio with Flash Professional, Flash Professional, Flash, FreeHand, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Director. Macromedia Captivate, Contribute 2, and Contribute 3 are also affected.

The vendor credits Macrovision, Adobe, and Autodesk with reporting this vulnerability.

Impact:   A local user can execute arbitrary code with Local System privileges.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a hotfix, available at:

http://download.macromedia.com/pub/security/licensing_installer_updater.exe

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/security/security_zone/mpsb05-04.html

Vendor URL:  www.macromedia.com/go/mpsb05-04 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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