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Adobe Acrobat and Reader CVE-2014-0496 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

January 14, 2014

Description

Adobe Acrobat and Reader are prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code within the context of the affected application or to crash the application.

Technologies Affected

  • Adobe Acrobat X (for Macintosh) 10.1.7
  • Adobe Acrobat X (for Macintosh) 10.1.8
  • Adobe Acrobat X (for Windows) 10.1.7
  • Adobe Acrobat X (for Windows) 10.1.8
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.03
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.04
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.05
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (for Windows) 11.0.05
  • Adobe Reader X (for Macintosh) 10.1.7
  • Adobe Reader X (for Macintosh) 10.1.8
  • Adobe Reader X (for Windows) 10.1.7
  • Adobe Reader X (for Windows) 10.1.8
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.02
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.03
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.04
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Macintosh) 11.0.05
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Windows) 11.0.02
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Windows) 11.0.03
  • Adobe Reader XI (for Windows) 11.0.05

Recommendations

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

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, run all applications 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. This includes but is not limited 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 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 successful exploits, never visit sites of questionable integrity or follow links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.
Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.

Credits

Soroush Dalili
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