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Adobe Acrobat and Reader Collab 'getIcon()' JavaScript Method Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

March 18, 2009

Description

Adobe Acrobat and Reader are prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability because the software fails to sufficiently sanitize user-supplied input. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application or crash the application, denying service to legitimate users. The issue affects the following: Reader and Acrobat 7.1 and prior Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2 and prior Reader and Acrobat 9 UPDATE (March 24, 2009): This BID was previously titled 'Adobe Acrobat and Reader Unspecified JavaScript Method Remote Code Execution Vulnerability', but has been updated to better document the issue.

Technologies Affected

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.4
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.5
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.6
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.7
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.8
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0.9
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.2 Security Update 1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.4
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.5
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.6
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.7
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.8
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.9
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.2 Security Update 1
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.4
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.5
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.6
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.7
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.0.8
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 7.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service - CCSS7
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 1000
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Application
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Workstation
  • S.u.S.E. Linux Desktop 10
  • S.u.S.E. Novell Linux Desktop 9
  • S.u.S.E. SLED 11
  • S.u.S.E. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP2
  • S.u.S.E. openSUSE 10.3
  • S.u.S.E. openSUSE 11.0
  • S.u.S.E. openSUSE 11.1
  • Sun Solaris 10

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, run the application with the minimal amount of privileges required for functionality.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.

Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity including unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

To reduce the likelihood of attacks, never visit sites of questionable integrity or follow links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.
Updates are available. Please see the references for details.

Credits

Tenable Network Security reported through TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative
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