RHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : acroread (RHSA-2008:0974)

high Nessus Plugin ID 40730
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The remote Red Hat host is missing one or more security updates.


Updated acroread packages that fix various security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Extras, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Extras, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Supplementary.

This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team.

Adobe Reader allows users to view and print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Several input validation flaws were discovered in Adobe Reader. A malicious PDF file could cause Adobe Reader to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code as the user running Adobe Reader.
(CVE-2008-2549, CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-4812, CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4817)

The Adobe Reader binary had an insecure relative RPATH (runtime library search path) set in the ELF (Executable and Linking Format) header. A local attacker able to convince another user to run Adobe Reader in an attacker-controlled directory could run arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim. (CVE-2008-4815)

All acroread users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, that contain Adobe Reader version 8.1.3, and are not vulnerable to these issues.


Update the affected acroread and / or acroread-plugin packages.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 40730

File Name: redhat-RHSA-2008-0974.nasl

Version: 1.34

Type: local

Agent: unix

Published: 8/24/2009

Updated: 1/14/2021

Dependencies: ssh_get_info.nasl

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Critical

Score: 9.8


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 8.1

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

Temporal Vector: E:H/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:acroread, p-cpe:/a:redhat:enterprise_linux:acroread-plugin, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:3, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:4.7, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5, cpe:/o:redhat:enterprise_linux:5.2

Required KB Items: Host/local_checks_enabled, Host/RedHat/release, Host/RedHat/rpm-list, Host/cpu

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/12/2008

Vulnerability Publication Date: 6/4/2008

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (Adobe Collab.getIcon() 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, CVE-2009-0927

BID: 29420, 32100, 32105

RHSA: 2008:0974

TRA: TRA-2009-01

CWE: 20, 119, 264, 399