Adobe Acrobat and Reader CVE-2013-0604 Remote Heap Based Buffer Overflow Vulnerability



Date Discovered

January 8, 2013


Adobe Acrobat and Reader are prone to a remote heap-based buffer-overflow vulnerability. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the affected application. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions. Note: This issue was previously covered in BID 57155 (Adobe Acrobat and Reader APSB13-02 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities) but has been given its own record to better document it. The following products are affected: Adobe Reader 11.0.0 Adobe Reader 10.1.4 and prior Adobe Reader 9.5.2 and prior Adobe Reader 9.5.1 and prior Adobe Acrobat 11.0.0 Adobe Acrobat 10.1.4 and prior Adobe Acrobat 9.5.2 and prior

Technologies Affected

  • Adobe Acrobat 10.0
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.0.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.0.2
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.0.3
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.1.3
  • Adobe Acrobat 10.1.4
  • Adobe Acrobat 11.0.0
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.2
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.3
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.3.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.3.2
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.3.3
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.2
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.3
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.4
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.5
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.6
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.7
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5.2
  • Adobe Reader 10.0
  • Adobe Reader 10.0.1
  • Adobe Reader 10.0.2
  • Adobe Reader 10.0.3
  • Adobe Reader 10.1
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.1
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.2
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.3
  • Adobe Reader 10.1.4
  • Adobe Reader 11.0
  • Adobe Reader 9.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.2
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.3
  • Adobe Reader 9.2
  • Adobe Reader 9.3
  • Adobe Reader 9.3.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.3.2
  • Adobe Reader 9.3.3
  • Adobe Reader 9.3.4
  • Adobe Reader 9.4
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.2
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.3
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.4
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.5
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.6
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.7
  • Adobe Reader 9.5
  • Adobe Reader 9.5.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.5.2
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Desktop Supplementary 5 Client
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Desktop Supplementary 6
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Server Supplementary 6
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Supplementary 5 Server
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Workstation Supplementary 6
  • SuSE Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 SP4


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. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from a successful exploit.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
To limit exposure to these and other latent vulnerabilities, 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.
As an added precaution, deploy memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable stack/heap configuration and randomly mapped memory segments). This may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, run applications with the minimal amount of privileges required for functionality.

Updates are available. Please see the references for more information.



Alexander Gavrun through iDefense's Vulnerability Contributor Program

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