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Critical Bourne Again SHell (BASH) Vulnerability Allows for Remote Code Execution

CIS ADVISORY NUMBER: 2014-080

Executive Summary

9/24/2014

A recent vulnerability has been discovered affecting the Bourne Again SHell (BASH). BASH is the default command-line shell processor that is often run in a text window on Linux and UNIX systems. BASH allows users to type commands that cause actions. In addition, BASH has the ability to read commands from a scripted file. Based on the wide use of Linux and UNIX systems, it can be assumed that most distributions running Linux and UNIX, as well Mac OS X, are likely vulnerable.


Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Threat Intelligence

Exploit code is currently available and the vulnerability is actively being exploited.

System Affected

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR

CIS ADVISORY NUMBER: 2014-074

Executive Summary

9/9/2014

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR. Adobe Flash Player is a widely distributed multimedia and application player used to enhance the user experience when visiting web pages or reading email messages. Adobe AIR is a cross platform runtime used for developing Internet applications that run outside of a browser.


Successful exploitation could result in an attacker compromising data security, potentially allowing access to confidential data, or could compromise processing resources in a user's computer. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

Threat Intelligence

There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

System Affected

  • Adobe Flash Player 14.0.0.179 and earlier versions
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.241 and earlier 13.x versions
  • ... more

Multiple Vulnerabilities in Mozilla Products

CIS ADVISORY NUMBER: 2014-062

Executive Summary

07/23/2014
Multiple vulnerabilities have been identified in Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird which could allow for remote code execution. Mozilla Firefox is a web browser used to access the Internet and Mozilla Thunderbird is an email client. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user, or gaining session authentication credentials. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Threat Intelligence

There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

System Affected

  • Mozilla Firefox versions prior to 31
  • Mozilla Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) version prior to 24.7
  • Mozilla Thunderbird versions prior to 31

Risk

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