Advisory Details

October 15th, 2019

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC PostScript CharString Directory NULL Pointer Dereference Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-19-871
ZDI-CAN-8744

CVE ID CVE-2019-8171
CVSS SCORE 7.8, (AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H)
AFFECTED VENDORS Adobe
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Acrobat Pro DC
VULNERABILITY DETAILS

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected installations of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. 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 exists within the processing of CharString Directory commands in PostScript. The issue results from the lack of proper validation of user-supplied data, which can trigger a write to an array based at address zero. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code in the context of the current process.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS Adobe has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/acrobat/apsb19-49.html
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2019-06-13 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2019-10-15 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Steven Seeley (mr_me) of Source Incite
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