Adobe Acrobat and Reader contain a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.
The vulnerability is due to a lack of boundary checking in the affected products. An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by convincing a targeted user to view a crafted .pdf file with affected software. Opening the malicious file could trigger a buffer overflow that is exploitable for code execution with the privileges of the user.
Functional exploit code is circulating in the wild.
Adobe has confirmed this vulnerability and released updated software.
Indicators of Compromise
The following Adobe Products are vulnerable:
Adobe Acrobat Reader versions 9.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Professional versions 9.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Professional Extended versions 9.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Standard versions 9.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Reader versions 8.1.6 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Professional versions 8.1.6 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Standard versions 8.1.6 and prior
Adobe Acrobat 3D versions 8.1.6 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Reader versions 7.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Professional versions 7.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat Standard versions 7.1.3 and prior
Adobe Acrobat 3D versions 7.1.3 and prior
The vulnerability is due to a heap-based buffer overflow in the affected products. Additional technical information is not available.
To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must persuade a user to view a malicious .pdf file. The attacker may provide a file to the user as part of an e-mail message or host the file on a website and use social engineering techniques to persuade the targeted user to view the malicious file.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
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.
Users are advised not to visit websites or follow links that have suspicious characteristics or cannot be verified as safe.
Adobe has re-released a security advisory at the following link: APSB09-15
Red Hat has released a security advisory at the following link: RHSA-2009:1499
Sun has re-released an alert notification at the following link: 270669
Adobe has released updated software at the following links:
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