Advisory Details

November 4th, 2008

Adobe Acrobat Reader Malformed PDF Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-08-073
ZDI-CAN-302

CVE ID CVE-2008-4813
CVSS SCORE
AFFECTED VENDORS Adobe
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Acrobat
TIPPINGPOINT™ IPS CUSTOMER PROTECTION TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 6043. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious web address or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the parsing of PDF objects defined in the file. When a specific object becomes malformed, a small memory corruption occurs which can be leveraged by an attacker to execute arbitrary code under the context of the current user.

VENDOR RESPONSE Adobe has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb08-19.html
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2008-04-08 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2008-11-04 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Javier Vicente Vallejo
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