Remote code execution in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader

Published: 2011-12-06 | Updated: 2016-12-23
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2011-2462
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Adobe Acrobat
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Adobe Reader
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Adobe

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Memory corruption


Risk: Critical


CVE-ID: CVE-2011-2462

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Memory corruption

Exploit availability: Yes


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

The weakness exists due to boundary error when handling Universal 3D (U3D) data. 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 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 Reader 9.x for Windows, Macintosh and Linux to version 9.5.
Update Adobe Reader X 10.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 10.1.2.
Update Adobe Acrobat 9.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 9.5.
Update Adobe Acrobat X 10.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 10.1.2.

Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Acrobat: 10.0.0 - 10.1.1, 9.0 - 9.4.7

Adobe Reader: 10.0.0 - 10.x, 9.0 - 9.4.7

CPE2.3 External links

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