Advisory Details

July 29th, 2015

(Pwn2Own) Adobe Reader Portfolio Preview Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

ZDI-15-370
ZDI-CAN-3104

CVE ID CVE-2015-5106
CVSS SCORE 6.6, (AV:L/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS Adobe
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Reader
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows attackers to elevate privileges on vulnerable installations of Adobe Reader. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw occurs within the handling of Portfolio documents. When previewing Portfolio documents, the broker process utilizes higher privileges than necessary. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to bypass intended access restrictions and perform a transition from Low Integrity to Medium Integrity.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS Adobe has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/reader/apsb15-15.html
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2015-03-18 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2015-07-29 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Nicolas Joly
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