Adobe Patches ‘Critical’ Security Flaws in Illustrator, After Effects


Software maker Adobe on Tuesday shipped urgent security updates to fix code execution vulnerabilities in the widely deployed Illustrator and After Effects products.

The patches, scheduled as part of Adobe’s Patch Tuesday release cycle, address a range of arbitrary code execution and memory leak vulnerabilities that could expose data to malicious hacker attacks.

The most serious of the vulnerabilities was addressed in Adobe Illustrator, the popular vector graphics design program available for both macOS and Windows systems.

In an advisory, Adobe rated the Illustrator flaw as “critical” with a CVSS base score of 7.8. The company described the CVE-2022-23187 bug as a buffer overflow affecting Illustrator 2022 version 26.0.3 (and earlier versions) on both WIndows and macOS machines.

Adobe is strongly urging users to upgrade to Illustrator 2022 version 26.1.0.

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The San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe issued a separate alert to warn of at least four critical flaws haunting users of After Effects, another popular software product used in motion graphics creative projects.

The quartet of bugs are all described as stack-based buffer overflows that could allow computer takeover attacks.

“Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user,” Adobe warned, before urging users to apply available patches on both Windows and macOS systems.

A third Adobe bulletin provides details on a solitary memory leak issue in Adobe Photoshop.  The Photoshop bug, rated “important,” is available on both macOS and Windows platforms.

Adobe said it had no information to suggest any of these bugs were exploited in the wild prior to the availability of patches.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a journalist and cybersecurity strategist with more than 20 years experience covering IT security and technology trends.
Ryan has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and Kaspersky GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan’s career as a journalist includes bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive’s ZDNet, PCMag and PC World.
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