Vulnerability Note VU#666281
Adobe Reader and Acrobat contains multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute code.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is software designed to view Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Adobe also distributes the Adobe Acrobat Plug-In to allow users to view PDF files inside of a web browser.
Per iDefense Advisory 02.08.08:
By convincing a user to open a specially-crafted PDF file, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code. This can happen in several ways, such as opening an email attachment or viewing a web page.
Prevent Internet Explorer from automatically opening PDF documents
The installer for Adobe Reader and Acrobat configures Internet Explorer to automatically open PDF files without any user interaction. This behavior can be reverted to the safer option of prompting the user by importing the following as a .REG file:
Do not open untrusted PDF files
Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected PDF attachments. Users can convert PDF documents to text by using the Adobe Online Conversion Tools site. See the Online Conversion Tools FAQ for information about this service. This workaround will not mitigate all attack vectors.
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|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Adobe||Affected||-||09 May 2008|
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Thanks to Adobe and iDefense for information that was used in this report.
This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.
- CVE IDs: CVE-2007-5659
- Date Public: 09 Feb 2008
- Date First Published: 11 Feb 2008
- Date Last Updated: 09 May 2008
- Severity Metric: 9.95
- Document Revision: 35
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