Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader util.printf() buffer overflow

adobe-reader-acrobat-utilprint-bo (46316) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow, caused by improper bounds checking when parsing format strings containing a floating point specifier in the util.printf() function. By persuading a victim to open a specially-crafted PDF file, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause the application to crash.

*CVSS:

Base Score: 9.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Complete
  Integrity Impact: Complete
  Availability Impact: Complete
 
Temporal Score: 7.3
  Exploitability: Proof-of-Concept
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed

Consequences:

Gain Access

Remedy:

For other distributions:
Apply the appropriate update for your system.

Refer to APSB08-19 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.

References:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro Web site: Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Adobe Product Security Bulletin APSB08-19: Security Update available for Adobe Reader 8 and Acrobat 8.
  • Adobe Reader Web site: Adobe Reader.
  • CORE-2008-0526: Adobe Reader Javascript Printf Buffer Overflow.
  • NORTEL BULLETIN ID: 2008009218, Rev 1: Nortel Response to Adobe Vulnerability Identifier APSB08-19 .
  • NORTEL BULLETIN ID: 2009009504, Rev 1: Nortel: Technical Support: Nortel Response to Sun Alert 249366 - Solaris 10 - Multiple Security Vulnerabilities.
  • Secunia Research 04/11/2008 : Adobe Acrobat/Reader "util.printf()" Buffer Overflow.
  • Sun Alert ID: 249366: Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in the Adobe Reader May Lead to Execution of Arbitrary Code.
  • ZDI-08-072: Adobe Acrobat PDF Javascript printf Stack Overflow Vulnerability.
  • ASA-2008-439: acroread security update (RHSA-2008-0974)
  • ASA-2009-018: Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in the Adobe Reader May Lead to Execution of Arbitrary Code (Sun 249366)
  • BID-30035: Adobe Reader 'util.printf()' JavaScript Function Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • BID-32091: RETIRED: Adobe Acrobat and Reader 'util.printf()' Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • CVE-2008-2992: Stack-based buffer overflow in Adobe Acrobat and Reader 8.1.2 and earlier allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a PDF file that calls the util.printf JavaScript function with a crafted format string argument, a related issue to CVE-2008-1104.
  • GLSA-200901-09: Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
  • OSVDB ID: 49520: Adobe Reader / Acrobat util.printf() Function Crafted PDF File Handling Overflow
  • RHSA-2008-0974: Critical: acroread security update
  • SA29773: Adobe Acrobat/Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SA32872: SUSE Update for Multiple Packages
  • SA35163: Nortel Media Processing Server Adobe Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1021140: Adobe Acrobat Multiple Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
  • SUSE-SR:2008:026: SUSE Security Summary Report
  • US-CERT VU#593409: Adobe Reader and Acrobat util.printf() JavaScript function stack buffer overflow

Platforms Affected:

  • Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.2
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Nortel Media Processing Server 1000
  • RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.7.z Extras
  • RedHat RHEL Desktop Supplementary 5 Client
  • RedHat RHEL Extras 3
  • RedHat RHEL Extras 4
  • RedHat RHEL Supplementary 5 Server
  • RedHat RHEL Supplementary 5.2.z EUS
  • Sun Solaris 10 SPARC

Reported:

Nov 04, 2008

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