Fortinet(R)'s FortiGuard(TM) Labs Discovers Critical Vulnerabilities in Adobe Shockwave Player

Fortinet(R)'s FortiGuard(TM) Labs Discovers Critical Vulnerabilities in Adobe 
Shockwave Player 
Affected Software Could Allow an Attacker, Who Successfully Exploits
These Vulnerabilities, to Run Malicious Code on the Affected System 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/20/13 --  Fortinet(R) (NASDAQ:
FTNT) -- a world leader in high-performance network security -- today
announced the company's FortiGuard Labs has identified critical zero
day vulnerabilities in Adobe Shockwave Player. Fortinet's FortiGuard
Labs consist of over 175 researchers and analysts world-wide, working
to discover, monitor and help protect against breaking threats. Since
2008, FortiGuard Labs has reported more than 150 zero day
vulnerabilities, 124 of which have been fixed by the appropriate
vendors. For a list of outstanding vulnerabilities FortiGuard has
discovered that are in zero day state, please visit:  
The vulnerabilities discovered in the Adobe Shockwave Player/AIR
(CVE-2013-0635 and CVE-2013-0636) could allow an attacker, who
successfully exploits these vulnerabilities, to run malicious code on
the affected system. They were reported in November 2012. Adobe
recommends users of Adobe Shockwave Player and earlier
versions update to the newest version, available here: 
A zero day vulnerability is a previously unknown threat that does not
yet have a patch/update available from the vendor to close the
security hole, thus leaving it open to attack. Once a zero day
vulnerability has been identified, it is analyzed by FortiGuard Labs
and verified internally before vendors are notified. Once verified,
FortiGuard Labs will develop an advanced zero day IPS signature(s)
that will be deployed to customers before a vendor patch is
available, which helps protect against the open security hole(s).
These signatures are unique to Fortinet and play an important role in
the fight against advanced persistent threats (APTs). 
In addition to analyzing the threat landscape, FortiGuard Labs
researchers write and present papers at global security conferences,
including EICAR, Blackhat, Virus Bulletin, Insomni'Hack and Hashdays.
Published papers and presentations from these shows can be downloaded
from here:  
Responsible Disclosure
 FortiGuard Labs' responsible disclosure
dictates a discovered vulnerability be patched before being disclosed
to the public. Even without a working exploit or patch, a signature
for the vulnerability can be generated to prevent intrusions. Once a
signature is created, it is put through FortiGuard Labs' zero day
signature process and assigned a generic name. The goal is to provide
protection while disclosing as few details as possible. From there,
FortiGuard works together with vendors to create a patch for the
vulnerability. After a patch is released, FortiGuard continues to
work with the vendor to analyze the source of the vulnerability and
to help prevent similar zero days from being exploited in the future. 
Beyond Signatures
 As malware numbers have increased exponentially in
recent years, network security vendors have had to find alternate
methods for malware detection and mitigation. Fortinet, for example,
has incorporated several new protective features and functionalities
into its new operating system, FortiOS 5. FortiOS 5 includes more
than 150 new security features that are designed to help protect
against today's Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and targeted
attacks. These enhancements include four key elements, which give
large enterprise organizations and managed security service providers
the ability to easily deploy maximum protection: 

--  Advanced Malware Detection: The advanced malware engine helps reduce
    the size and increase the performance of the malware signature
    database. An inline sandbox applies behavior models against a sample
    file to determine if it is a threat. Cloud-based inspection can then
    provide a more detailed analysis of suspicious files.
--  Exploit Discovery and Protection: FortiOS 5 can scan and identify
    vulnerabilities via a network or agent scan. The intrusion protection
    system function can then be deployed to help protect vulnerable assets
    until the normal patching cycle remediates the vulnerability.
--  Cloud-Based Reputation Systems: A new advanced anti-malware detection
    system adds an on-device, behavior-based heuristic engine and
    cloud-based AV services that includes an operating system sandbox and
    botnet IP reputation database.
--  Multi-Vector Policy Engine: Although traditional policy can be applied
    based on source (IP address), FortiOS 5 also has the ability to apply
    policy based on the user and device identity. This is an important
    attribute for distributed, virtual and cloud networks.

Meet the FortiGuard Labs Researchers at RSA
 Fortinet will be
participating at the upcoming RSA security conference, which is
taking place February 25 - March 1 at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Stop by booth #2025, meet the members of the FortiGuard research
team, see a demonstration of the lab's latest threat intelligence
services and receive a free USB wristband. 
About FortiGuard Labs
 FortiGuard Labs has identified the most recent
threats based on data collected from FortiGate(R) network security
appliances and intelligence systems in production worldwide.
Customers who use Fortinet's FortiGuard Services should be protected
against the vulnerabilities outlined in this report as long as the
appropriate configuration parameters are in place. 
FortiGuard Services offer broad security solutions including
antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering and anti-spam
capabilities. These services help protect against threats on both
application and network layers. FortiGuard Services are updated by
FortiGuard Labs, which enables Fortinet to deliver a combination of
multi-layered security intelligence and zero day protection from new
and emerging threats. For customers with a subscription to
FortiGuard, these updates are delivered to all FortiGate,
FortiMail(TM) and FortiClient(TM) products. 
Ongoing research can be found in the FortiGuard Center or via
FortiGuard Labs' RSS feed. Additional discussion on security
technologies and threat analysis can be found at the FortiGuard Blog. 
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About Fortinet (
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worldwide provider of network security appliances and a market leader
in unified threat management (UTM). Our products and subscription
services provide broad, integrated and high-performance protection
against dynamic security threats while simplifying the IT security
infrastructure. Our customers include enterprises, service providers
and government entities worldwide, including the majority of the 2012
Fortune Global 100. Fortinet's flagship FortiGate product delivers
ASIC-accelerated performance and integrates multiple layers of
security designed to help protect against application and network
threats. Fortinet's broad product line goes beyond UTM to help secure
the extended enterprise -- from endpoints, to the perimeter and the
core, including databases and applications. Fortinet is headquartered
in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices around the world.  
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