While the vulnerabilities are not related, both companies warn against manipulation of arbitrary files.
Adobe and Cisco both released security advisories on Wednesday to address vulnerabilities in their products.
Cisco released cisco-sa-20080312-ucp, which addresses multiple vulnerabilities in Cisco's Secure Access Control Server for Windows User-Changeable Password (UCP) program.
"The first set of vulnerabilities address several buffer overflow conditions in the UCP application that could result in remote execution of arbitrary code on the host system where UCP is installed," Cisco says in its advisory. "The second set of vulnerabilities address cross-site scripting in the UCP application pages. Both sets of vulnerabilities could be remotely exploited, and do not require valid user credentials."
Cisco has released an updated version of the UCP application to deal with these issues; the company says there's no known workaround to mitigate the vulnerabilities.
Adobe, meanwhile, released six security bulletins that detail multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader 8.1.2 for Unix, ColdFusion MX 7 and ColdFusion 8, Adobe Form Designer 5.0 and Adobe Form Client 5.0 Components, and LiveCycle Workflow 6.2.
Adobe says that the launcher script for Adobe Reader 8.1.2 for Unix could allow a malicious local user to escalate his or her privileges and potentially modify or delete arbitrary files. It rates this vulnerability as "moderate" in severity and says that a patch is forthcoming. In the meantime, users should only allow trusted users to access their local machine.
The ColdFusion flaws involve vulnerability to cross-site scripting attacks, and problems recognizing failed login attempts. Adobe considers these issues to be "important" and "moderate" in severity, respectively. A patch or workaround is available, depending on the software version.
The Form Designer vulnerability is rated "critical." If a malicious html file is loaded by the program's user, a malicious attacker could take control of the affected system. Adobe has made a patch available.
LiveCycle Workflow 6.2 is vulnerable to cross-site scripting, an issue Adobe rates as "important." Adobe has made a patch available.
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