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Security update available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Release date: August 14, 2012

Vulnerability identifier: APSB12-16

Priority rating: See table below

CVE numbers: CVE-2012-1525, CVE-2012-2049, CVE-2012-2050, CVE-2012-2051, CVE-2012-4147, CVE-2012-4148, CVE-2012-4149, CVE-2012-4150, CVE-2012-4151, CVE-2012-4152, CVE-2012-4153, CVE-2012-4154, CVE-2012-4155, CVE-2012-4156, CVE-2012-4157, CVE-2012-4158, CVE-2012-4159, CVE-2012-4160, CVE-2012-4161, CVE-2012-4162

Platform: Windows and Macintosh

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.3) 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 update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.4).
  • For users of Adobe Reader 9.5.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, who cannot update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.4), Adobe has made available the update Adobe Reader 9.5.2.
  • Users of Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4).
  • Users of Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Acrobat 9.5.2.

Affected software versions

  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.5.1 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1 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 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 (10.1.4) Windows and Macintosh
2
  9.5.2 Windows
1
  9.5.2 Macintosh
2
Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4) Windows and Macintosh
2
  9.5.2 Windows
1
  9.5.2 Macintosh
2


These updates address critical vulnerabilities in the software.

Details

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.3) 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 update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.4).
  • For users of Adobe Reader 9.5.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, who cannot update to Adobe Reader X (10.1.4), Adobe has made available the update Adobe Reader 9.5.2.
  • Users of Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.4).
  • Users of Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Acrobat 9.5.2.

These updates resolve a stack overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2049).

These updates resolve a buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2050).

These updates resolve memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-2051, CVE-2012-4147, CVE-2012-4148, CVE-2012-4149, CVE-2012-4150, CVE-2012-4151, CVE-2012-4152, CVE-2012-4153, CVE-2012-4154, CVE-2012-4155, CVE-2012-4156, CVE-2012-4157, CVE-2012-4158, CVE-2012-4159, CVE-2012-4160).

These updates resolve a heap overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-1525).

These updates resolve a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-4161) (Macintosh only).

These updates resolve a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-4162) (Macintosh only).

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: