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Vulnerability Alert

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Sandbox Escape Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE: Design Error
IntelliShield ID:28245
Version:3
First Published:2013 February 14 21:16 GMT
Last Published:2013 February 22 16:37 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-0640
BugTraq ID:57931
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Moderate Damage
CVSS Base:9.3 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:7.7
 
 
Version Summary:Red Hat has released a security advisory and updated packages to address the Adobe Reader and Acrobat sandbox escape arbitrary code execution vulnerability.
 
 
Description
Adobe Reader and Acrobat contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition or execute arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is due to an unspecified flaw in the affected software. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability by persuading a user to open a crafted .pdf file. When the .pdf is processed by the affected software, malicious JavaScript could compile and execute arbitrary code or cause the affected software to terminate abnormally. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to cause a DoS condition or execute arbitrary code in the security context of the user who is running the affected application. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the system.

Adobe has confirmed the vulnerability; however, software updates are unavailable.
 
Warning Indicators
The following Adobe products are affected:
  • Adobe Reader versions 11.0.01 and prior, 10.1.5 and prior, and 9.5.3 and prior
  • Adobe Acrobat versions 11.0.01 and prior, 10.1.5 and prior, and 9.5.3 and prior
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker may provide a link that directs a user to a malicious file and use misleading language or instructions to persuade the user to follow the provided link and open the malicious file.

The CVSS score indicates functional exploit code exists, and third-party reports indicate the vulnerability is being actively exploited; however, the code is not known to be publicly available.
 
Vendor Announcements
Adobe PSIRT has published a blog post and a security advisory at the following links: Adobe Reader and Acrobat Vulnerability Report and APSA13-02

Adobe has released a security bulletin at the following link: APSB13-07

Red Hat has released an official CVE statement and a security advisory for bug 911099 at the following links: CVE-2013-0640 and RHSA-2013:0551
 
Impact
An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit the vulnerability to cause a DoS condition or execute arbitrary code in the security context of the user who is running the affected application. If the user holds elevated privileges, the attacker could completely compromise the targeted system.
 
Technical Information
Technical details are unavailable.
 
Safeguards
Administrators may consider enabling Protected View in the registry and propagating that setting via Group Policy Object (GPO) to help protect Windows users.

Administrators are advised to contact the vendor regarding future updates and releases.

Users are advised not to open e-mail messages from suspicious or unrecognized sources. If users cannot verify that links or attachments included in e-mail messages are safe, they are advised not to open them.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.
 
Patches/Software
Adobe has released software updates at the following links:

Adobe Reader 11.0.02
Adobe Reader 9.5.4 for Linux
Adobe Acrobat 11.0.02

Red Hat has released updated software for registered subscribers at the following link: Red Hat Network. Red Hat packages can be updated on Red Hat Enterprise Linux versions 5 and later using the yum tool.
 
Alert History
 

Version 2, February 21, 2013, 10:56 AM: Adobe has released a security bulletin and updated software to address the Adobe Reader and Acrobat sandbox escape arbitrary code execution vulnerability.

Version 1, February 14, 2013, 12:16 PM: Adobe Reader and Acrobat contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service condition or execute arbitrary code on a targeted system. Updates are not available.


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
AdobeAcrobat Professional 9.5 Base, .1, .2, .3 | 10.1 Base, .1, .2, .3, .4, .5 | 11.0 Base, .01
AdobeAcrobat Professional Extended 9.5 Base, .1, .2, .3 | 10.1 Base, .1, .2, .3, .4, .5 | 11.0 Base, .01
AdobeAcrobat Reader 9.5 Base, .1, .2, .3 | 10.1 Base, .1, .2, .3, .4, .4.38, .5 | 11.0 Base, .01
AdobeAcrobat Standard 9.5 Base, .1, .2, .3 | 10.1 Base, .1, .2, .3, .4, .5 | 11.0 Base, .01

Associated Products:
Red Hat, Inc.Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop Supplementary 5.0 IA-32, x86-64 | 6 IA-32, x86_64
Red Hat, Inc.Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server Supplementary 6 IA-32, x86_64
Red Hat, Inc.Red Hat Enterprise Linux Workstation Supplementary 6 IA-32, x86_64
Red Hat, Inc.RHEL Supplementary 5 IA-32, x86_64




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