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Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 threat researchers have been credited with discovering six new vulnerabilities addressed by the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT) as part of its December Adobe Security Bulletin APSB19-55 security updates. Additionally, seven new “important” rated vulnerabilities were addressed by the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) as part of its September, October and November 2019 security update releases.
The Adobe vulnerabilities discovered included two “critical” and four “important” rated vulnerabilities, while the severity of the Microsoft vulnerabilities discovered were all rated “important”.
The Unit 42 researchers credited are Bo Qu, Zhibin Zhang, Qi Deng, Ken Hsu, Lexuan Sun, Hao Cai, Yue Guan, Haozhe Zhang, Hui Gao, Gal De Leon, Bar Lahav, Nadav Markus and Yaron Samuel. This is the first Microsoft and Adobe vulnerability discoveries credited to Ken Hsu, Lexuan Sun, Hao Cai, Yue Guan, Haozhe Zhang, Nadav Markus and Yaron Samuel.
The recently discovered exploits are listed in Table 1 below:
|Vendor||CVE||Vulnerability Category||Impact||Maximum Severity Rating||Researcher(s)|
|Adobe||CVE-2019-16456||Out-of-Bounds Read||Information Disclosure||Important||Bo Qu|
|Adobe||CVE-2019-16457||Out-of-Bounds Read||Information Disclosure||Important||Zhibin Zhang|
|Adobe||CVE-2019-16458||Out-of-Bounds Read||Information Disclosure||Important||Qi Deng, Ken Hsu|
|Adobe||CVE-2019-16459||Use After Free||Arbitrary Code Execution||Critical||Lexuan Sun, Hao Cai|
|Adobe||CVE-2019-16464||Use After Free||Arbitrary Code Execution||Critical||Yue Guan, Haozhe Zhan|
|Adobe||CVE-2019-16465||Out-of-Bounds Read||Information Disclosure||Important||Hui Gao, Zhibin Zhang, Yue Guan|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1374||Windows Error Reporting Information Disclosure Vulnerability||Information Disclosure||Important||Gal De Leon|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1406||Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability||Remote Code Execution||Important||Bar Lahav and Gal De Leon|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1417||Windows Data Sharing Service Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability||Elevation of Privilege||Important||Nadav Markus and Yaron Samuel|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1319||Windows Error Reporting Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability||Elevation of Privilege||Important||Gal De Leon|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1342||Windows Error Reporting Manager Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability||Elevation of Privilege||Important||Gal De Leon|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1241||Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability||Remote Code Execution||Important||Bar Lahav and Gal De Leon|
|Microsoft||CVE-2019-1250||Jet Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability||Remote Code Execution||Important||Bar Lahav and Gal De Leon|
Table 1. Critical and important vulnerabilities discovered in Adobe and Microsoft products
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