Remote code execution in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader



Published: 2009-10-08 | Updated: 2016-12-22
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2009-3459
CWE-ID CWE-119
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
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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) Heap-based buffer overflow

EUVDB-ID: #VU1675

Risk: Critical

CVSSv3.1: 9.5 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2009-3459

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Exploit availability: Yes

Description

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

The weakness exists due to heap-based buffer overflow when processing a malformed PDF file. 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.

Mitigation

Update Adobe Reader for Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX to version 9.2:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Macintosh
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Unix
Update Adobe Acrobat for Windows and Macintosh to version 9.2:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=158&platform=Windows
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=112&platform=Windows
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh

Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Reader: 8.0, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1, 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3

Adobe Acrobat: 8.0, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.1.4, 8.1.5, 8.1.6, 8.1.7, 8.2, 8.2.1, 8.2.2, 8.2.3, 8.2.4, 8.2.5, 8.2.6, 8.3, 8.3.1, 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3

CPE2.3 External links

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-15.html

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website or open a file.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

Yes. This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.



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