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Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200904-17 / acroread
Release Date April 18, 2009
Latest Revision April 18, 2009: 01
Impact normal
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
app-text/acroread < 8.1.4 >= 8.1.4 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #259992


Adobe Reader is vulnerable to execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


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


Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Reader:

  • Alin Rad Pop of Secunia Research reported a heap-based buffer overflow when processing PDF files containing a malformed JBIG2 symbol dictionary segment (CVE-2009-0193).
  • A buffer overflow related to a non-JavaScript function call and possibly an embedded JBIG2 image stream has been reported (CVE-2009-0658).
  • Tenable Network Security reported a stack-based buffer overflow that can be triggered via a crafted argument to the getIcon() method of a Collab object (CVE-2009-0927).
  • Sean Larsson of iDefense Labs reported a heap-based buffer overflow when processing a PDF file containing a JBIG2 stream with a size inconsistency related to an unspecified table (CVE-2009-0928).
  • Jonathan Brossard of the iViZ Security Research Team reported an unspecified vulnerability related to JBIG2 and input validation (CVE-2009-1061).
  • Will Dormann of CERT/CC reported a vulnerability lading to memory corruption related to JBIG2 (CVE-2009-1062).


A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted PDF document, possibly leading to 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-8.1.4"

4.  References


Page updated April 18, 2009

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