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iDefense Security Advisory 10.13.09: Adobe Acrobat and Reader U3D File Invalid Array Index Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 10.13.09
Oct 13, 2009
Adobe Acrobat Reader/Acrobat are programs for viewing and editing
Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. For more information, see the
vendor's site found at the following link.
Remote exploitation of an invalid array index vulnerability in Adobe
Systems Inc.'s Reader and Acrobat could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability occurs when parsing a U3D file embedded inside of a
PDF. U3D is a file format used to represent 3D images.
When parsing a U3D file, the parsing code fails to validate a value from
the file used as index into a list of objects. This results in an
attacker being able to specify an arbitrary value for a function
pointer, which leads to the execution of arbitrary code.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user opening the file. If the Adobe
Reader browser plugin is enabled (this is the default setting), then
this vulnerability can be exploited automatically by simply visiting a
malicious webpage with an embedded PDF. If the browser plugin is
disabled, an attacker needs to convince a user to open a malicious
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Reader and
Acrobat versions 9.1.3 and 8.1.6. Previous versions may also be
A possible mitigation is to prevent Adobe Reader/Acrobat from opening
files directly in the browser. If this functionality is disabled, then
the user will have to open the file via the 'Open' button (or save it
and open it later manually) if it is embedded in a webpage.
vulnerability more difficult to exploit in a reliable fashion.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Adobe has addressed this issue with an update. Further details and
patches can be found at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2009-2990 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
06/09/2009 Initial vendor notification
06/09/2009 Initial vendor response
10/13/2009 Coordinated Public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Dionysus Blazakis.
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