Foxit PDF Editor < 11.2.6 and < 12.1.2 Vulnerability

high Nessus Plugin ID 170120


A PDF toolkit installed on the remote Windows host is affected by a vulnerability


According to its version, the Foxit PDF Editor application (previously named Foxit PhantomPDF) installed on the remote Windows host, with versions prior to 11.2.6 and 12.1.2 are vulnerable:

- This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected installations of Foxit PDF Reader (Versions:,, and earlier versions are vulnerable). User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability - the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw exists within the handling of Annotation objects. The issue results from the lack of validating the existence of an object prior to performing operations on the object. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code in the context of the current process. WAS ZDI-CAN-19478. (CVE-2022-43649)

Note that Nessus has not tested for this issue but has instead relied only on the application's self-reported version number.


Upgrade to Foxit PDF Editor version 12.1.2 or later

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 170120

File Name: foxit_pdf_editor_12_1.nasl

Version: 1.8

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 1/18/2023

Updated: 8/9/2023

Supported Sensors: Frictionless Assessment Agent, Nessus Agent, Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.2

Temporal Score: 5.3

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2022-43649


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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:foxitsoftware:phantom, cpe:/a:foxitsoftware:phantompdf

Required KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated, installed_sw/FoxitPhantomPDF

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 12/13/2022

Vulnerability Publication Date: 12/13/2022

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2022-43649

IAVA: 2023-A-0128-S