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Adobe Reader: Buffer Overflow


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200508-11 / acroread
Release Date August 19, 2005
Latest Revision August 19, 2005: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/acroread < >= All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #102730


Adobe Reader is vulnerable to a buffer overflow which could potentially lead to execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Adobe Reader is a utility used to view PDF files.


A buffer overflow has been reported within a core application plug-in, which is part of Adobe Reader.


An attacker may create a specially-crafted PDF file, enticing a user to open it. This could trigger a buffer overflow as the file is being loaded, resulting in the execution of arbitrary code.

3.  Resolution Information


There is no known workaround at this time.


All Adobe Reader users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

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

4.  References


Page updated August 19, 2005

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