Vulnerability Note VU#250037

Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader vulnerable to information disclosure via "LoadFile()" method in ActiveX control

Original Release date: 07 Jun 2005 | Last revised: 07 Jun 2005


Adobe Acrobat Reader and Acrobat web control contain a flaw that allows the existence of local files to be discovered.


The Adobe Acrobat Internet Explorer ActiveX web control may disclose the existence of local files if the LoadFile() method is called with the complete file name and path of the local file. A malicious web site may call the ActiveX control directly in order to exploit this flaw.


A remote, unauthenticated user may be able to discover the existence of local files if an Internet Explorer user views content which queries the ActiveX control directly. This information may in turn be useful in staging further attacks.


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Adobe Support Knowledgebase Document 331465 contains information on updates, fixes, and mitigation strategies.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Adobe Systems IncorporatedAffected-12 Apr 2005
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Thanks to NISCC and Robert Fly of Hyperdose Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ken MacInnis.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2005-0035
  • Date Public: 01 Apr 2005
  • Date First Published: 07 Jun 2005
  • Date Last Updated: 07 Jun 2005
  • Severity Metric: 2.67
  • Document Revision: 10


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