Remote code execution in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader



Published: 2011-12-16 | Updated: 2016-12-23
Severity Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2011-4369
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 Advisory

This security advisory describes one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Memory corruption

Severity: Critical

CVSSv3: 8.9 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2011-4369

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

Description

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

The weakness exists due to boundary error in the PRC component. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted 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.

Mitigation

Update Adobe Reader 9.x for Windows, Macintosh and Linux to version 9.4.7
Update Adobe Reader X 10.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 10.1.2.
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Macintosh
Update Adobe Acrobat 9.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 9.4.7.
Update Adobe Acrobat X 10.x for Windows and Macintosh to version 10.1.2.
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=1&platform=Macintosh




Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Reader: 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7, 10.0.0, 10.0.1, 10.0.2, 10.0.3, 10.1.0, 10.1.1

Adobe Acrobat: 9.0, 9.1, 9.1.1, 9.1.2, 9.1.3, 9.2, 9.3, 9.3.1, 9.3.2, 9.3.3, 9.3.4, 9.4, 9.4.1, 9.4.2, 9.4.3, 9.4.4, 9.4.5, 9.4.6, 9.4.7, 10.0.0, 10.0.1, 10.0.2, 10.0.3, 10.1.0, 10.1.1

CPE External links

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-30.html
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb12-01.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 an attachment in an e-mail message.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability. However, a fully functional exploit for this vulnerability is available.