ZDI-09-014: Adobe Acrobat getIcon() Stack Overflow Vulnerability Mar 24 2009 04:51PM
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ZDI-09-014: Adobe Acrobat getIcon() Stack Overflow Vulnerability
March 24, 2009

-- 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 in that a user must visit a malicious web site
or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists when processing malicious JavaScript contained
in a PDF document. When supplying a specially crafted argument to the
getIcon() method of a Collab object, proper bounds checking is not
performed resulting in a stack overflow. If successfully exploited full
control of the affected machine running under the credentials of the
currently logged in user can be achieved.

-- Vendor Response:
Adobe has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:


-- Disclosure Timeline:
2008-07-03 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2009-03-24 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* Tenable Network Security

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