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Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200901-09 / acroread
Release Date January 13, 2009
Latest Revision January 13, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/acroread < 8.1.3 >= 8.1.3 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #225483


Adobe Reader is vulnerable to execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Adobe Reader (formerly Adobe Acrobat Reader) is a closed-source PDF reader.


  • An unspecified vulnerability can be triggered by a malformed PDF document, as demonstrated by 2008-HI2.pdf (CVE-2008-2549).
  • Peter Vreugdenhil, Dyon Balding, Will Dormann, Damian Frizza, and Greg MacManus reported a stack-based buffer overflow in the util.printf JavaScript function that incorrectly handles the format string argument (CVE-2008-2992).
  • Greg MacManus of iDefense Labs reported an array index error that can be leveraged for an out-of-bounds write, related to parsing of Type 1 fonts (CVE-2008-4812).
  • Javier Vicente Vallejo and Peter Vregdenhil, via Zero Day Initiative, reported multiple unspecified memory corruption vulnerabilities (CVE-2008-4813).
  • Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon Systems reported an unspecified vulnerability in a JavaScript method, related to an "input validation issue" (CVE-2008-4814).
  • Josh Bressers of Red Hat reported an untrusted search path vulnerability (CVE-2008-4815).
  • Peter Vreugdenhil reported through iDefense that the Download Manager can trigger a heap corruption via calls to the AcroJS function (CVE-2008-4817).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted PDF document, and local attackers could entice a user to run acroread from an untrusted working directory. Both might result in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application, or a Denial of Service.

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-8.1.3"

4.  References


Page updated January 13, 2009

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