Vulnerability Note VU#896220

Adobe Acrobat contains a remotely exploitable buffer overflow

Original Release date: 16 Aug 2005 | Last revised: 08 Sep 2005


A buffer overflow in Adobe Acrobat/Acrobat Reader may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition


Adobe Acrobat is a suite of applications that allow users to manipulate PDF (Portable Document Format) files. A buffer within a core plug-in for Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader can be overwritten using a specially-crafted PDF document.

For more information refer to Adobe Security Advisory 321644.


If a remote attacker can persuade a user to access a specially crafted PDF file, that attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or crash the Adobe Acrobat/Acrobat Reader process.


Upgrade to unaffected version
Upgrade to unaffected versions of Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader. For a list of unaffected versions please see Adobe Security Advisory 321644.

Do not accept PDF files from untrusted sources

Exploitation occurs by accessing a specially crafted PDF file. By only accessing PDF files from trusted or known sources, the chances of exploitation are reduced.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
AdobeAffected12 Aug 200516 Aug 2005
Red Hat Software, Inc.Affected-08 Sep 2005
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This vulnerability was reported by Adobe Systems.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2005-2470
  • Date Public: 16 Aug 2005
  • Date First Published: 16 Aug 2005
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Sep 2005
  • Severity Metric: 12.91
  • Document Revision: 38


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