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Adobe Acrobat Reader: Buffer overflow vulnerability


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200412-12 / acroread
Release Date December 16, 2004
Latest Revision December 16, 2004: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/acroread < 5.10 >= 5.10 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #74406


Adobe Acrobat Reader is vulnerable to a buffer overflow that could lead to remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Adobe Acrobat Reader is a utility used to view PDF files.


A buffer overflow has been discovered in the email processing of Adobe Acrobat Reader. This flaw exists in the mailListIsPdf function, which checks if the input file is an email message containing a PDF file.


A remote attacker could send the victim a specially-crafted email and PDF attachment, which would trigger the buffer overflow and possibly lead to the execution of arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running Adobe Acrobat Reader.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Adobe Acrobat Reader users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge --sync
# emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose ">=app-text/acroread-5.10"

4.  References


Page updated December 16, 2004

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