Adobe Reader and Acrobat getAnnots() code execution

reader-getannots-code-execution (50145) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk

Description:

Adobe Reader and Acrobat could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by an error when processing calls to the getAnnots() JavaScript method in in the JavaScript API. By persuading a victim to open a specially-crafted PDF file that contains an annotation and has an OpenAction entry with JavaScript code, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to corrupt memory 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:

Refer to APSB09-06 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.

References:

  • Adobe Product Security Advisory APSA09-02: Buffer overflow issues in Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
  • Adobe Product Security Bulletin APSB09-06: Security Updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
  • Adobe Web site: Adobe.
  • NORTEL BULLETIN ID: 2009009540, Rev 1: Nortel Response to Adobe APSB09-06 - Security Updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
  • Packet Storm Web Site: Adobe Reader javascript getAnnots exploit. .
  • Sun Alert ID: 259028: Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader for Solaris 10 May Allow Execution of Arbitrary Code or Cause Denial of Service (DoS).
  • ASA-2009-179: acroread security update (RHSA-2009-0478)
  • BID-34736: Adobe Reader 'getAnnots()' JavaScript Function Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
  • CVE-2009-1492: The getAnnots Doc method in the JavaScript API in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1, 8.1.4, 7.1.1, and earlier allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption) or execute arbitrary code via a PDF file that contains an annotation, and has an OpenAction entry with JavaScript code that calls this method with crafted integer arguments.
  • GLSA-200907-06: Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
  • OSVDB ID: 54130: Adobe Reader getAnnots() JavaScript Method PDF Handling Memory Corruption
  • RHSA-2009-0478: Critical: acroread security update
  • SA34924: Adobe Reader JavaScript Methods Memory Corruption
  • SA35096: Sun Solaris Adobe Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • SA35358: Nortel Media Processing Server Adobe Reader Vulnerabilities
  • SECTRACK ID: 1022139: Adobe Reader Bugs in getAnnots() and spell.customDictionaryOpen() Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
  • SUSE-SA:2009:027: Acrobat Reader remote code execution
  • SUSE-SR:2009:011: SUSE Security Summary Report
  • US-CERT VU#970180: Adobe Reader and Acrobat customDictionaryOpen() and getAnnots() JavaScript vulnerabilities

Platforms Affected:

  • Adobe Acrobat 9.0
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.1
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.2
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.3
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.5
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.7
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.8
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.9
  • Adobe Reader 7.1.0
  • Adobe Reader 7.1.1
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.1
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.2
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.4
  • Adobe Reader 9.0
  • Adobe Reader 9.1
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Novell OpenSUSE 10.3
  • Novell OpenSUSE 11.0
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
  • 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 5.3.z EUS
  • Sun Solaris 10 SPARC

Reported:

Apr 28, 2009

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