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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Adobe Acrobat/Reader Vendors:   Adobe Systems Incorporated
(Sun Issues Advisory) Adobe Acrobat Javascript API app.checkForUpdate() Function Lets Remote Users Execute Restricted Functions
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020377
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1020377
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-2042   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 27 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 7.1.0
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a PDF file containing specially crafted javascript that, when loaded by the target user, will invoke the Javascript API app.checkForUpdate() function. This function allows the remote user to execute restricted functions and execute arbitrary code.

Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat version 8.x are not affected.

The vendor was notified on November 2, 2007.

cocoruder reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a PDF file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   Sun is working on a fix for Solaris.

The Sun advisory is available at:

http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-66-239286-1

Vendor URL:  www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb08-13.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (Solaris - SunOS)
Underlying OS Comments:  10

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May 7 2008 Adobe Acrobat Javascript API app.checkForUpdate() Function Lets Remote Users Execute Restricted Functions



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