#VU15176 Infinite loop

Published: 2018-10-08 | Updated: 2018-10-09

Vulnerability identifier: #VU15176

Vulnerability risk: Low

CVSSv3.1: 4.6 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-11797


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Universal components / Libraries / Libraries used by multiple products

Vendor: Apache Foundation


The vulnerability vulnerability allows an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition on a target system.

The vulnerability exists in the Apache PDFBox parser due to improper processing of PDF files when parsing the page tree. A remote attacker can trick the victim into opening a PDF file that submits malicious input to the targeted system, trigger an infinite loop condition, which could lead to an out-of-memory exception and result in a DoS condition.

The vulnerability has been fixed in the versions 1.8.16 and 2.0.12.

Vulnerable software versions

PDFBox: 1.8.0 - 2.0.11


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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

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

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.

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