ZDI-08-073: Adobe Acrobat Reader Malformed PDF Code Execution Vulnerability Nov 04 2008 08:54PM
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ZDI-08-073: Adobe Acrobat Reader Malformed PDF Code Execution



November 4, 2008

-- CVE ID:


-- Affected Vendors:


-- Affected Products:

Adobe Acrobat

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-- 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:


-- Disclosure Timeline:

2008-04-08 - Vulnerability reported to vendor

2008-11-04 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:

This vulnerability was discovered by:

* Javier Vicente Vallejo

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