Foxit Reader PDF Open\Execute buffer overflow

foxitreader-openexecute-pdf-bo (49136) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Foxit Reader is vulnerable to a stack-based buffer overflow. If an Open/Execute file action is processed within PDF files containing an overly long filename, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system or cause the application to crash.


Base Score: 9.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Complete
  Integrity Impact: Complete
  Availability Impact: Complete
Temporal Score: 7.7
  Exploitability: Functional
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest version of Foxit Reader (3.0 Build 1506 or 2.3 Build 3902 or later), available from the Foxit Web site. See References.


  • CORE-2009-0218: Foxit Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities.
  • Foxit Web site: Foxit Software - Foxit Reader 3.0 for Windows.
  • Offensive Security Exploit Database [05-21-2012]: Foxit Reader 3.0 Open Execute Action Stack Based Buffer Overflow.
  • BID-34035: Foxit Reader PDF Handling Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2009-0837: Stack-based buffer overflow in Foxit Reader 3.0 before Build 1506, including 1120 and 1301, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long (1) relative path or (2) absolute path in the filename argument in an action, as demonstrated by the Open/Execute a file action.
  • OSVDB ID: 55614: Foxit Reader Filename Argument Handling Overflow
  • SA34035: OptiPNG "GIFReadNextExtension()" Use-After-Free Vulnerability
  • SA34036: Foxit Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1021824: Foxit Reader 'Open/Execute' File Bugs Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code

Platforms Affected:

  • Foxit Reader 2.3
  • Foxit Reader 3.0
  • Foxit Reader 3.0.2009.1301


Mar 09, 2009

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