Remote code execution in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader

Published: 2009-02-19 | Updated: 2016-12-16
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2009-0658
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Adobe Reader
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Adobe Acrobat
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Adobe

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Buffer overflow


Risk: Critical


CVE-ID: CVE-2009-0658


Exploit availability:


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The weakness exists due to buffer overflow when parsing a malformed JBIG2 image stream. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted .pdf file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.


Update Adobe Acrobat 7.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 7.1.1:
Update Adobe Acrobat 3D version 7.x on Windows to 7.1.1:

Update Adobe Acrobat 8.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 8.1.4:
Update Adobe Acrobat 3D version 8.x on Windows to 8.1.4:

Update Adobe Acrobat 9 for Windows and Macintosh to version 9.1:

Update Adobe Reader 7.x to version 7.1.1, 8.x to 8.1.4, 9.x to 9.1:

Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Reader: 7.0 - 9.1

Adobe Acrobat: 7.0 - 9.1

Fixed software versions

CPE2.3 External links

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