20.08.2021 Adobe August 2021 Security Updates

by Elena Lapina

Over the past few weeks, Adobe issued updates for vulnerabilities affecting multiple products. Timely updates are recommended.


  • Adobe August 2021 updates have addressed arbitrary code execution, memory leaks, denial-of-service, and arbitrary file system read issues.
    • The flaws require a user to be authenticated for successful exploitation.
    • Adobe has not reported any public proof-of-concept (POC) implementations or current campaigns exploiting these vulnerabilities.
  • Adobe XMP-Toolkit-SDK 2021.07 fixes 11 vulnerabilities; the most severe of them received a CVSS v3.1 score of 8.8. The flaw is tracked as CVE-2021-36052 and could allow arbitrary code execution.
  • Adobe Media Encoder 15.4.1 fixes CVE-2021-36070, an Access of Memory Location After End of Buffer issue that could allow arbitrary code execution. CVSS v3.1 score: 7.8
  • Adobe Bridge 11.1.1 and 10.1.3 updates fix 14 vulnerabilities. The most severe of these flaws, CVE-2021-36078, received a CVSS v3.1 score of 8.8, and could allow arbitrary code execution.
  • Photoshop 2020 v.21.2.11 and Photoshop 2021 v. 22.5 fix two flaws with a CVSS v3.1 score of 7.8. Both could allow arbitrary code execution.
  • Adobe Captivate 2019 v.11.5.5 and earlier versions received a Hotfix for a Privilege Escalation flaw rated 5 on the CVSS v3.1 scale.


  • Follow Adobe’s guidance and update the noted products to the latest release, depending on the version running.
  • Users can update their product installations manually by choosing Help > Check for Updates.
  • We recommend applying the Principle of Least Privilege to all systems and services as an additional mitigation measure for these flaws.



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