Adobe InDesign <= 16.4 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB21-107)

high Nessus Plugin ID 154718


The remote host has an application installed that is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


The version of Adobe InDesign installed on the remote host is prior or equal to 16.4. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities, as follows:

- A denial of service (DoS) vulnerability caused by a null pointer dereference that can be exploited by an unauthenticated, local attacker. (CVE-2021-40743)

- Multiple arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities that can be exploited by an unauthenticated, local attacker. (CVE-2021-42731, CVE-2021-42732)

Note that Nessus has not attempted to exploit these issues but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Adobe InDesign version 17.0 or later.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 154718

File Name: adobe_indesign_apsb21-107.nasl

Version: 1.5

Type: local

Agent: windows, macosx, unix

Family: Misc.

Published: 10/29/2021

Updated: 11/27/2023

Supported Sensors: Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-42731


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2021-42732

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:adobe:indesign

Required KB Items: installed_sw/Adobe InDesign

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/26/2021

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/26/2021

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2021-40743, CVE-2021-42731, CVE-2021-42732

IAVA: 2021-A-0519-S