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Arbitrary application execution from a malicious PDF document (Mac OS)

Advisory Name: Arbitrary application execution from a malicious PDF document

Release Date: June 27th, 2005

Product: Adobe Reader 7.0 and 7.0.1, Adobe Acrobat 7.0 and 7.0.1

Platform: Mac OS

Vulnerability Identifier: CAN-2005-1623

Overview: A vulnerability within Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat has been identified. Under certain circumstances, it is possible to launch arbitrary executables.

Adobe has solutions available that can rectify these issues. Please refer to the Recommendations section below for further information.

Effect: If exploited it may be possible to launch executables on an end-user system without the end user's knowledge.

Details: The vulnerability is within Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. If malicious JavaScript is embedded in PDF files, it is possible to launch arbitrary executables on a local machine. However the impact is minimized due to the fact that the applications can be executed only if the complete application names and paths are known in advance by the attacker.

Recommendations:

Download one of the following updates:

-- If you use Adobe Reader 7.x, download the update to Adobe Reader 7.0.5 or later from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/support/downloads/ .

-- If you use Adobe Acrobat 7.x, download the update to Adobe Acrobat 7.0.5 or later from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/support/downloads/ .

Caveats: None

Vulnerability Identifier Cross-Reference: CVE ID: CAN-2005-1623

Acknowledgment: Adobe would like to thank Aandi Inston, for reporting the issue.

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