GLSA-200901-09 : Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

High Nessus Plugin ID 35367


The remote Gentoo host is missing one or more security-related patches.


The remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200901-09 (Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code)

An unspecified vulnerability can be triggered by a malformed PDF document, as demonstrated by 2008-HI2.pdf (CVE-2008-2549).
Peter Vreugdenhil, Dyon Balding, Will Dormann, Damian Frizza, and Greg MacManus reported a stack-based buffer overflow in the util.printf JavaScript function that incorrectly handles the format string argument (CVE-2008-2992).
Greg MacManus of iDefense Labs reported an array index error that can be leveraged for an out-of-bounds write, related to parsing of Type 1 fonts (CVE-2008-4812).
Javier Vicente Vallejo and Peter Vregdenhil, via Zero Day Initiative, reported multiple unspecified memory corruption vulnerabilities (CVE-2008-4813).
Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon Systems reported an unspecified vulnerability in a JavaScript method, related to an 'input validation issue' (CVE-2008-4814).
Josh Bressers of Red Hat reported an untrusted search path vulnerability (CVE-2008-4815).
Peter Vreugdenhil reported through iDefense that the Download Manager can trigger a heap corruption via calls to the AcroJS function (CVE-2008-4817).
Impact :

A remote attacker could entice a user to open a specially crafted PDF document, and local attackers could entice a user to run acroread from an untrusted working directory. Both might result in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application, or a Denial of Service.
Workaround :

There is no known workaround at this time.


All Adobe Reader users should upgrade to the latest version:
# emerge --sync # emerge --ask --oneshot --verbose '>=app-text/acroread-8.1.3'

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 35367

File Name: gentoo_GLSA-200901-09.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.17 $

Type: local

Published: 2009/01/14

Modified: 2017/08/14

Dependencies: 12634

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

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

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:ND

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:gentoo:linux:acroread, cpe:/o:gentoo:linux

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/Gentoo/release, Host/Gentoo/qpkg-list

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2009/01/13

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Adobe util.printf() Buffer Overflow)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2008-2549, CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-4812, CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4815, CVE-2008-4817

OSVDB: 46211, 49520, 49541, 50244, 50245, 50246, 50247

GLSA: 200901-09

CWE: 20, 119, 264, 399