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Security Update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2

Release date: June 23, 2008

Vulnerability identifier: APSB08-15

CVE number: CVE-2008-2641, CVE-2008-0883

Platform: All platforms

Affected software versions:

NOTE: Adobe Reader 7.1.0 and Acrobat 7.1.0 are not vulnerable to this issue. Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9, expected to be available by July 2008, are also not vulnerable to this issue.

Summary

A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2. This vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe recommends users of Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader install the 8.1.2 Security Update 1 patch.

Solution

Acrobat 8 and Adobe Reader

Adobe recommends Adobe Reader 8 users update to Adobe Reader 8.1.2 Security Update 1, available at the links below:

For Windows: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3967

For Macintosh: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3966

For Unix: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3992

Adobe recommends Acrobat 8 users on Windows update to Acrobat 8.1.2 Security Update 1, available here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3976

Adobe recommends Acrobat 8 users on Macintosh update to Acrobat 8.1.2 Security Update 1, available here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3977

Adobe recommends Acrobat 3D Version 8 users on Windows update to Acrobat 3D Version 8.1.2 Security Update 1, available here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3975

Users with Adobe Reader 7.0 through 7.0.9 should upgrade to Adobe Reader 7.1.0: http://www.adobe.com/go/getreader.

Acrobat 7

Adobe recommends Acrobat 7 users on Windows update to Acrobat 7.1.0, available here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows

Adobe recommends Acrobat 7 users on Macintosh update to Acrobat 7.1.0, available here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh

Details

A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2 and earlier versions. This vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

For Unix only, this update also resolves the potential privilege escalation issue previously reported in Security Advisory APSA08-02.

Adobe recommends users of Acrobat and Adobe Reader update their product installations using the instructions above to protect themselves from potential vulnerabilities. Adobe Reader 7.1.0 and Acrobat 7.1.0 are not vulnerable to this issue.

This update resolves an input validation issue in a JavaScript method that could potentially lead to remote code execution. (CVE-2008-2641)

NOTE: there are reports that this issue is being exploited in the wild.

Severity rating

Adobe categorizes this as a critical update and recommends affected users update their installations.

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank the Information Security Team of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for reporting this critical issue (CVE-2008-2641) and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers' security. Adobe would also like to thank Tavis Ormandy of the Google Security Team for reporting the Unix privilege escalation issue (CVE-2008-0883) and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers' security.

Revisions

July 17, 2008 – Bulletin updated to include information for Unix version
June 23, 2008 – Bulletin first created

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