#VU16795 Security restrictions bypass in Foxit PDF Reader for Windows and Foxit PDF Editor (formerly Foxit PhantomPDF)

Published: 2019-01-04

Vulnerability identifier: #VU16795

Vulnerability risk: Low


CVE-ID: CVE-2018-18688


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Foxit PDF Reader for Windows
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications
Foxit PDF Editor (formerly Foxit PhantomPDF)
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor: Foxit Software Inc.


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to bypass security restrictions.

The vulnerability exists due to incorrect validation result when validating certain PDF file that is modified maliciously or contains non-standard signatures. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted PDF file, trick the victim into opening it and bypass signature validation.

Update to version 9.4.

Vulnerable software versions

Foxit PDF Reader for Windows: 9.0 -

Foxit PDF Editor (formerly Foxit PhantomPDF): 9.0 -


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