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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Adobe Acrobat/Reader Vendors:   Adobe Systems Incorporated
(Red Hat Issues Fix) Adobe Reader Bugs in getAnnots() and spell.customDictionaryOpen() Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1022219
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1022219
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-1492, CVE-2009-1493   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 13 2009
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.1.1, 8.1.4, 9.1; and prior versions
Description:   Two vulnerabilities were reported in Adobe Reader. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted PDF file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a memory corruption error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The getAnnots() function is affected [CVE-2009-1492].

The spell.customDictionaryOpen() is affected on UNIX-based systems [CVE-2009-1493].

All versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat are affected.

The original advisories and exploit code is available at:

http://packetstormsecurity.org/0904-exploits/getannots.txt
http://packetstormsecurity.org/0904-exploits/spell.txt

Arr1val reported these vulnerabilities.

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:   Red Hat has released a fix.

The Red Hat advisory is available at:

https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-0478.html

Vendor URL:  www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-06.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:   Linux (Red Hat Enterprise)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Apr 29 2009 Adobe Reader Bugs in getAnnots() and spell.customDictionaryOpen() Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code



 Source Message Contents

Date:  Wed, 13 May 2009 10:36:44 -0400
Subject:  [RHSA-2009:0478-01] Critical: acroread security update


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                   Red Hat Security Advisory

Synopsis:          Critical: acroread security update
Advisory ID:       RHSA-2009:0478-01
Product:           Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras
Advisory URL:      https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2009-0478.html
Issue date:        2009-05-13
CVE Names:         CVE-2009-1492 CVE-2009-1493 
=====================================================================

1. Summary:

Updated acroread packages that fix two 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.

2. Relevant releases/architectures:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 3 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Desktop version 3 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 3 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 3 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 4 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Desktop version 4 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4 Extras - i386, x86_64
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4 Extras - i386, x86_64
RHEL Desktop Supplementary (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
RHEL Supplementary (v. 5 server) - i386, x86_64

3. Description:

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

Two flaws were discovered in Adobe Reader's JavaScript API. A PDF file
containing malicious JavaScript instructions could cause Adobe Reader to
crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code as the user running Adobe
Reader. (CVE-2009-1492, CVE-2009-1493)

All Adobe Reader users should install these updated packages. They contain
Adobe Reader version 8.1.5, which is not vulnerable to these issues. All
running instances of Adobe Reader must be restarted for the update to take
effect.

4. Solution:

Before applying this update, make sure that all previously-released
errata relevant to your system have been applied.

This update is available via Red Hat Network.  Details on how to use
the Red Hat Network to apply this update are available at
http://kbase.redhat.com/faq/docs/DOC-11259

5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):

498322 - CVE-2009-1492, CVE-2009-1493 acroread: multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader 8.1.4

6. Package List:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 3 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

Red Hat Desktop version 3 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 3 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 3 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-2.i386.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS version 4 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

Red Hat Desktop version 4 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES version 4 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS version 4 Extras:

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el4.i386.rpm

RHEL Desktop Supplementary (v. 5 client):

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm

RHEL Supplementary (v. 5 server):

i386:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm

x86_64:
acroread-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm
acroread-plugin-8.1.5-1.el5.i386.rpm

These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security.  Our key and 
details on how to verify the signature are available from
https://www.redhat.com/security/team/key/#package

7. References:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1492
http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2009-1493
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-06.html
http://www.redhat.com/security/updates/classification/#critical

8. Contact:

The Red Hat security contact is <secalert@redhat.com>.  More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/

Copyright 2009 Red Hat, Inc.
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