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Re: Perfect PDF products distributed with vulnerable MSVC++ libraries
"Brad Hards" <bradh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sunday 19 June 2011 11:37:33 Stefan Kanthak wrote:
>> soft Xpansion <www.soft-xpansion.com> distributes their (freeware)
>> products "Perfect PDF 7 Master" and "Perfect PDF 7 Reader" (the
>> current files are dated 2011-05-10) with OUTDATED and VULNERABLE
>> Visual C++ 2008 runtime libraries VCRedist_x86.exe/VCRedist_x64.exe
>> version 9.0.30729.17 of 2008-08-08.
>> These libraries have been updated since then at least twice due to
>> vulnerabilities, see
> Did you check if these vulnerabilities be exploited via this product?
No. I would have mentioned them explicitly then.
> I'm not suggesting that its OK to distribute outdated libs, just to
> understand the risk a little more.
1. Software that is distributed with such outdated libraries is VERY
likely compiled/produced in an outdated development environment
TOO, so there may be more errors/vulnerabilities lurking.
| In the case where a system has no MFC applications currently installed
| but does have the vulnerable Visual Studio or Visual C++ runtimes
| installed, Microsoft recommends that users install this update as a
| defense-in-depth measure, in case of an attack vector being introduced
| or becoming known at a later time.
For the above products Microsofts advice is like a self-fullfilling
3. Even if the current MSVC++ runtime is installed later (via Windows
Update, for example), the vulnerable MSVC++ runtime(s) remain
You have to (and should!) remove them manually to get rid of them