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paulow1978
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 3:38 pm    Post subject: is allowing flash a serious threat? Reply with quote

Hi,

I was just wondering is allowing users in our company to view websites with flash a serious security hole?

many thanks,

paul
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There were a coupla bugs* in 2006 that allowed remote code execution through buffer overflows in flash player. That's pretty serious.



*http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2006-0024
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2005-2628
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Itís all about risk management and defense-in-depth. Every piece of additional software that interacts with the Internet is yet another vector for possible infiltration. To mitigate this risk, patch your software when vulnerabilities are found and discourage users from browsing shady websites. There will always be a trade off / usability decision that will need to be made if security is a high priority in your organization; this is true especially with software that has been vulnerable in the past (as susano has already mentioned).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree very much with what PhiBer had suggested. Security decisions had to be made frequently especially if security is of major concern in the organisation. And use of unreliable sites is to be avoided as much as possible. Wink
About the flash player, the Microsoft security advisory has issued a security bulletin regarding the security issue of flash player. The link is http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/916208.mspx the link states that Microsoft offers technical support.
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