Risk
10/16/2008
07:53 PM
George V. Hulme
George V. Hulme
Commentary
50%
50%

Adobe (Somewhat) Fixes ClickJacking Vulnerability

With the release of Flash Player 10, Adobe fixes a critical security vulnerability known as "clickjacking." But for those users who can't or don't want to update to the latest version -- well, they're out of luck for a while.

With the release of Flash Player 10, Adobe fixes a critical security vulnerability known as "clickjacking." But for those users who can't or don't want to update to the latest version -- well, they're out of luck for a while.Adobe Systems' latest Flash Player 10 software, released yesterday, fixes a number of security flaws, including the recently famous clickjacking attack, according to this Adobe blog post. But if you run into problems installing 10, you'll have to sit tight -- and remain vulnerable -- for a few more weeks.

Here's how InformationWeek's Thomas Claburn summed things up a week ago, regarding the clickjacking threat:

Details about the cross-platform browser exploitation technique known as "clickjacking" have started to emerge. Among the more alarming ways it can be used: covertly watching and listening to people who have microphones and Webcams attached to their computers.

"Web pages know what Web sites you've been to, ... where you're logged in, what you watch on YouTube, and now they can literally 'see' and 'hear' you," warned Jeremiah Grossman, founder and CTO of WhiteHat Security, in a blog post.

On Tuesday, Flash developer Guy Aharonovsky published a proof-of-concept exploit to show how clickjacking can be used to spy on people. "I've written a quick and dirty JavaScript game [to] exploit just that, and demonstrate how an attacker can get a hold of the user's camera and microphone," he said in a blog post. "This can be used, for example, with platforms [like Ustream.tv or Justin.tv] or to stream to a private server to create a malicious surveillance platform."

Grossman and Robert "RSnake" Hansen, founder and CEO of SecTheory, discovered the clickjacking technique, called "UI redressing" by some, and planned to discuss it at the 2008 Open Web Application Security Project USA NYC security conference last month. But the pair decided to delay disclosure to allow affected vendors time to address the issue.

It's important to note that clickjacking isn't specific to Adobe products, but they're widely used. Here's the link to Adobe's security bulletin.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading, January 2015
To find and fix exploits aimed directly at your business, stop waiting for alerts and become a proactive hunter.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-5437
Published: 2014-12-17
Multiple cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerabilities in ARRIS Touchstone TG862G/CT Telephony Gateway with firmware 7.6.59S.CT and earlier allow remote attackers to hijack the authentication of administrators for requests that (1) enable remote management via a request to remote_management.php,...

CVE-2014-5438
Published: 2014-12-17
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in ARRIS Touchstone TG862G/CT Telephony Gateway with firmware 7.6.59S.CT and earlier allows remote authenticated users to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via the computer_name parameter to connected_devices_computers_edit.php.

CVE-2014-7285
Published: 2014-12-17
The management console on the Symantec Web Gateway (SWG) appliance before 5.2.2 allows remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary OS commands by injecting command strings into unspecified PHP scripts.

CVE-2014-7880
Published: 2014-12-17
Multiple unspecified vulnerabilities in the POP implementation in HP OpenVMS TCP/IP 5.7 before ECO5 allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-8133
Published: 2014-12-17
arch/x86/kernel/tls.c in the Thread Local Storage (TLS) implementation in the Linux kernel through 3.18.1 allows local users to bypass the espfix protection mechanism, and consequently makes it easier for local users to bypass the ASLR protection mechanism, via a crafted application that makes a set...

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Join us Wednesday, Dec. 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to hear what employers are really looking for in a chief information security officer -- it may not be what you think.