#VU15176 Infinite loop in PDFBox

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

Vulnerability identifier: #VU15176

Vulnerability risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2018-11797


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability:

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

Fixed software versions


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