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Adobe Acrobat ActiveX Control buffer overflow in setview method

Vulnerability Note VU#25919

Original Release Date: 2000-11-02 | Last Revised: 2000-11-02



The Adobe Acrobat ActiveX control has a buffer overflow in the setview method. Because the control is marked safe-for-scripting, this vulnerability can be exploited via a web page if the user has the vulnerable control installed.

This control is implemtned in the file pdf.ocx and has a ClassID of {CA8A9780-280D-11CF-A24D-444553540000}. The control can also be referenced as PDF.PdfCtrl.1.


An attacker may exploit the buffer overflow to execute arbitrary commands on the system running the vulnerable control. Because the control is marked safe-for-scripting, an attacker may be able to launch this attack when you visit a web page.


Upgrade to a newer version of Adobe Acrobat

This problem appears to be limited to version 1.3.188 of Adobe Acrobat and earlier.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected


Updated:  November 02, 2000



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Versions less than and including 1.3.188 appear to be vulnerable.

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CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A



This document was written by Cory F Cohen.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 16.83
Date Public: 1999-09-30
Date First Published: 2000-11-02
Date Last Updated: 2000-11-02 22:07 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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