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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Adobe PageMaker Vendors:   Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe PageMaker PMD File Buffer Overflows Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021119
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1021119
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-5394, CVE-2007-6021   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Oct 31 2008
Original Entry Date:  Oct 29 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.0.1, 7.0.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Adobe PageMaker. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

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

A specially crafted font structure can trigger an overflow. Other overflows may occur.

The vendor was notified on October 23, 2007.

JJ Reyes of Secunia Research reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a patch for CVE-2007-5394 on 7.0.1 and 7.0.2, available at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/downloads/APSA08-10.zip

The vendor is investigating CVE-2007-6021.

The vendor's advisory is available at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa08-10.html

Vendor URL:  www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa08-10.html (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Secunia Research: Adobe PageMaker PMD File Processing Buffer Overflows

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                     Secunia Research 29/10/2008

       - Adobe PageMaker PMD File Processing Buffer Overflows -

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Vendor's Description of Software.....................................3
Description of Vulnerability.........................................4
Solution.............................................................5
Time Table...........................................................6
Credits..............................................................7
References...........................................................8
About Secunia........................................................9
Verification........................................................10

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1) Affected Software 

* Adobe PageMaker version 7.0.1

NOTE: Other versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where:  Remote

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3) Vendor's Description of Software 

"Adobe PageMaker 7.0 software is the ideal page layout program for 
business, education, and small- and home-office professionals who want
to create high-quality publications such as brochures and newsletters.
Get started quickly with templates, graphics, and intuitive design
tools; work productively across Adobe applications; and easily
leverage existing content to create customized communications."

Product Link:
http://www.adobe.com/products/pagemaker/index.html

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4) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered two vulnerabilities in Adobe 
PageMaker, which can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a 
user's system.

The vulnerabilities are caused due to boundary errors when processing 
certain structures in a .PMD file. These can be exploited to cause 
stack-based and heap-based buffer overflows via e.g. a .PMD file with 
a specially crafted font structure.

Successful exploitation allows execution of arbitrary code.

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5) Solution 

The vendor will be releasing a fix for the stack-based buffer overflow
shortly and is working on a fix for the heap-based buffer overflow.

Do not open untrusted .PMD files.

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6) Time Table 

23/10/2007 - Vendor notified.
24/10/2007 - Vendor response.
26/10/2007 - Additional vulnerability reported to vendor.
26/10/2007 - Vendor response.
13/11/2007 - Vendor acknowledges vulnerabilities.
05/12/2007 - Status update requested.
06/12/2007 - Vendor response (working on getting resources for 
             development and testing).
21/01/2008 - Status update requested.
10/03/2008 - Status update requested.
12/03/2008 - Vendor response (new developer currently getting familiar 
             with the code).
30/05/2008 - Vendor provides fix for testing and informs of expected 
             release date on 10th June 2008.
02/06/2008 - Vendor asks for CVE identifier.
03/06/2008 - Vendor provided with CVE identifier and informed that 
             only one of the vulnerabilities has been fixed in the
             supplied patch.
04/06/2008 - Vendor response (more time needed to address second 
             vulnerability).
04/07/2008 - Status update requested. Informed vendor that release 
             date now is set to end of October.
08/07/2008 - Vendor response (still trying to find resources to 
             resolve the vulnerabilities).
30/09/2008 - Vendor provides status update.
01/10/2008 - Vendor informed of fixed disclosure date (29/10/2008).
27/10/2008 - Vendor provides status update and requests CVE identifier
             for the unpatched vulnerability.
28/10/2008 - Vendor provided with additional CVE identifier.
29/10/2008 - Public disclosure.

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7) Credits 

Discovered by JJ Reyes, Secunia Research.

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8) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned 
the following CVE identifiers:
* CVE-2007-5394 (stack-based buffer overflow)
* CVE-2007-6021 (heap-based buffer overflow)

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9) About Secunia

Secunia offers vulnerability management solutions to corporate
customers with verified and reliable vulnerability intelligence
relevant to their specific system configuration:

http://secunia.com/advisories/business_solutions/

Secunia also provides a publicly accessible and comprehensive advisory
database as a service to the security community and private 
individuals, who are interested in or concerned about IT-security.

http://secunia.com/advisories/

Secunia believes that it is important to support the community and to
do active vulnerability research in order to aid improving the 
security and reliability of software in general:

http://secunia.com/secunia_research/

Secunia regularly hires new skilled team members. Check the URL below
to see currently vacant positions:

http://secunia.com/corporate/jobs/

Secunia offers a FREE mailing list called Secunia Security Advisories:

http://secunia.com/advisories/mailing_lists/

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10) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2007-80/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/

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