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(Red Hat Issues Fix) Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Flaws Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code and Deny Service
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1023451|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1023451
CVE-2009-3953, CVE-2009-3954, CVE-2009-3955, CVE-2009-3956, CVE-2009-3959
(Links to External Site)
Date: Jan 13 2010
Denial of service via network, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): 9.2 and prior versions|
Several vulnerabilities were 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 cause denial of service conditions.|
A remote user can create a specially crafted PDF file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.
An array boundary issue in U3D support can cause code execution [CVE-2009-3953].
A DLL-loading vulnerability in 3D can cause code execution [CVE-2009-3954].
A memory corruption vulnerability can cause code execution [CVE-2009-3955].
A script injection vulnerability exists [CVE-2009-3956].
A null-pointer dereference vulnerability can cause denial of service conditions [CVE-2009-3957].
A buffer overflow vulnerability in the Download Manager can cause code execution [CVE-2009-3958].
An integer overflow vulnerability in U3D support can cause code execution [CVE-2009-3959].
Secunia, Greg MacManus of iSIGHT Partners Labs, Code Audit Labs via iDefense, stratsec, Didier Stevens, Will Dormann of CERT, and Nicolas Joly of VUPEN Vulnerability Research Team reported these vulnerabilities.
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 or cause the target user's reader to crash.|
Red Hat has issued a fix for CVE-2009-3953, CVE-2009-3954, CVE-2009-3955, CVE-2009-3956, and CVE-2009-3959.|
The Red Hat advisory is available at:
Vendor URL: www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb10-02.html (Links to External Site)
Access control error, Boundary error, Input validation error|
Linux (Red Hat Enterprise)|
This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.|
Source Message Contents
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:47:50 -0500|
Subject: [RHSA-2010:0037-01] Critical: acroread security and bug fix update
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Red Hat Security Advisory
Synopsis: Critical: acroread security and bug fix update
Advisory ID: RHSA-2010:0037-01
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras
Advisory URL: https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2010-0037.html
Issue date: 2010-01-13
CVE Names: CVE-2009-3953 CVE-2009-3954 CVE-2009-3955
CVE-2009-3956 CVE-2009-3959 CVE-2009-4324
Updated acroread packages that fix multiple security issues and three bugs
are now available for 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:
RHEL Desktop Supplementary (v. 5 client) - i386, x86_64
RHEL Supplementary (v. 5 server) - i386, x86_64
Adobe Reader allows users to view and print documents in Portable Document
This update fixes several vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader. These
vulnerabilities are summarized on the Adobe Security Advisory APSB10-02
page listed in the References section. A specially-crafted PDF file could
cause Adobe Reader to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code as the
user running Adobe Reader when opened. (CVE-2009-4324, CVE-2009-3953,
CVE-2009-3954, CVE-2009-3955, CVE-2009-3959, CVE-2009-3956)
This update also fixes the following bugs:
* the acroread process continued to run even after closing a PDF file. If
multiple PDF files were opened and then closed, the acroread processes
continued to run and consume system resources (up to 100% CPU usage). With
this update, the acroread process correctly exits, which resolves this
* the PPKLite.api plug-in was missing, causing Adobe Reader to crash when
attempting to open signed PDF files. For such files, if an immediate crash
was not observed, clicking on the Signature Panel could trigger one. With
this update, the PPKLite.api plug-in is included, which resolves this
* Adobe Reader has been upgraded to version 9.3. (BZ#497957)
Adobe have discontinued support for Adobe Reader 8 for Linux. All users of
Adobe Reader are advised to install these updated packages, which contain
Adobe Reader version 9.3, which is not vulnerable to these issues and fixes
these bugs. All running instances of Adobe Reader must be restarted for the
update to take effect.
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
5. Bugs fixed (http://bugzilla.redhat.com/):
472975 - acroread missing PPKLite.api and crashes on signed PDFs
473217 - acroread takes 100% cpu and does not die when killed
554293 - CVE-2009-3953 CVE-2009-3954 CVE-2009-3955 CVE-2009-3959 acroread: multiple code execution flaws (APSB10-02)
554296 - CVE-2009-3956 acroread: script injection vulnerability (APSB10-02)
6. Package List:
RHEL Desktop Supplementary (v. 5 client):
RHEL Supplementary (v. 5 server):
These packages are GPG signed by Red Hat for security. Our key and
details on how to verify the signature are available from
The Red Hat security contact is <email@example.com>. More contact
details at https://www.redhat.com/security/team/contact/
Copyright 2010 Red Hat, Inc.
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