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Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Release date: April 10, 2012

Last updated: April 17, 1012

Vulnerability identifier: APSB12-08

Priority rating: See table below

CVE numbers: CVE-2012-0774, CVE-2012-0775, CVE-2012-0776, CVE-2012-0777

Platform: All

Summary

Adobe released security updates for Adobe Reader X (10.1.2) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Linux, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.2) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address vulnerabilities in the software that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader X (10.1.2) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.3). For users of Adobe Reader 9.5 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, who cannot update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.3), Adobe has made available the update Adobe Reader 9.5.1. Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier versions for Linux update to Adobe Reader 9.5.1. Adobe recommends users of Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.2) for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3). Adobe recommends users of Adobe Acrobat 9.5 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1.

Affected software versions

  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.2) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.5 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Linux
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.2) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh

Solution

Adobe recommends users update their software installations by following the instructions below:

Adobe Reader
Users on Windows and Macintosh can utilize the product's update mechanism. The default configuration is set to run automatic update checks on a regular schedule. Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates.

Adobe Reader users on Windows can also find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows.

Adobe Reader users on Macintosh can also find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Macintosh.

Adobe Reader users on Linux can find the appropriate update here: ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/.

Adobe Acrobat
Users can utilize the product's update mechanism. The default configuration is set to run automatic update checks on a regular schedule. Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates.

Acrobat Standard and Pro users on Windows can also find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows.

Acrobat Pro Extended users on Windows can also find the appropriate update here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows.

Acrobat Pro users on Macintosh can also find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh.

Priority and Severity ratings

Adobe categorizes these updates with the following priority ratings and recommends users update their installations to the newest versions:

Product
Updated Version
Platform
Priority Rating
Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) Windows and Macintosh
2
  9.5.1 Windows
1
  9.5.1 Macintosh and Linux
2
Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) Windows and Macintosh
2
  9.5.1 Windows
1
  9.5.1 Macintosh
2


These updates address critical vulnerabilities in the software.

Details

Adobe released security updates for Adobe Reader X (10.1.2) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Linux, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.2) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address vulnerabilities in the software that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader X (10.1.2) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.3). For users of Adobe Reader 9.5 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, who cannot update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.3), Adobe has made available the update Adobe Reader 9.5.1. Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier versions for Linux update to Adobe Reader 9.5.1. Adobe recommends users of Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.2) for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3). Adobe recommends users of Adobe Acrobat 9.5 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1.

These updates resolve an integer overflow in the True Type Font (TTF) handling that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-0774).

These updates resolve a memory corruption in the JavaScript handling that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-0775).

These updates resolve a security bypass via the Adobe Reader installer that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-0776).

These updates resolve a memory corruption in the JavaScript API that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-0777) (Macintosh and Linux only).

The Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) updates also incorporate the Adobe Flash Player updates as noted in Security Bulletins APSB12-03, APSB12-05 and APSB12-07. The Adobe Reader 9.5.1 update for Linux also incorporates the updates noted in Security Bulletin APSB12-01.

For additional information related to Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.5.1 changes impacting the authplay.dll component, please refer to the ASSET blog post.

Acknowledgements

Adobe would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for reporting the relevant issues and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers:

Revisions

April 17, 2012 - Added information on Linux version and Security Bulletin APSB12-01.
April 10, 2012 - Bulletin released.