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Security updates available for Adobe Illustrator CS4 and CS3

Release date: January 7, 2010

Vulnerability identifier: APSB10-01

CVE number: CVE-2009-3952, CVE-2009-4195

Platform: Windows and Macintosh

Summary

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Illustrator CS4 (14.0.0) and Adobe Illustrator CS3 (13.0.3 and earlier versions), on the Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The vulnerabilities could lead to arbitrary code execution. Adobe has provided a solution for the reported vulnerabilities. It is recommended that users update their installations using the instructions provided below.

Affected software versions

Adobe Illustrator CS4 (14.0.0)
Adobe Illustrator CS3 (13.0.3 and earlier versions)

Solution

Adobe recommends Adobe Illustrator users install the relevant update as detailed below:

Adobe Illustrator CS4
Installation Instructions:

To install the Patch on Microsoft Windows: 
1. Quit Illustrator CS4, if it is running
2. Browse to the location and backup the file:
<Install Location>\Adobe Illustrator CS4\Support Files\Contents\Windows\MPS.dll
3. Download the provided file and uncompress/extract the contents
4. Place the MPS.dll inside the folder (same as step 2)
<Install Location>\Adobe Illustrator CS4\Support Files\Contents\Windows\
5. Delete the Illustrator preferences. The Illustrator preferences files are located at
Windows XP:  {drive}\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe  Illustrator CS4 Settings\
Windows Vista: {drive}\Users\{user}\AppDataRoaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings\
6. Launch Illustrator CS4
  
To install the Patch on Macintosh: 
1. Quit Illustrator CS4, if it is running 
2.  Browse to the location:
<Install Location> Adobe Illustrator CS4/Adobe Illustrator.app
Ctrl+Click and choose Show Package Contents
3. Browse to the location and backup the folder: Contents/Frameworks/AdobeMPS.framework
4. Download the provided file and uncompress/extract the contents
5. Place the AdobeMPS.Framework folder inside the folder (same as step 2)
<Install Location> Adobe Illustrator CS4/Adobe Illustrator.app/Contents/Frameworks
6. Delete the Illustrator preferences. The Illustrator preferences files are located at
{user}:Library:Preferences:Adobe Illustrator CS4 Settings
7. Launch Illustrator CS4

Adobe Illustrator CS3
Installation Instructions:

To install the Patch on Microsoft Windows: 
1. Quit Illustrator CS3, if it is running
2. Browse to the location and backup the file:
<Install Location>\Adobe Illustrator CS3\Support Files\Contents\Windows\MPS.dll
3. Download the provided file and uncompress/extract the contents
4. Place the MPS.dll inside the folder (same as step 2)
<Install Location>\Adobe Illustrator CS3\Support Files\Contents\Windows\
5. Delete the Illustrator preferences. The Illustrator preferences files are located at 
Windows XP:  {drive}\Documents and Settings\{user}\Application Data\Adobe\Adobe  Illustrator CS3 Settings\
Windows Vista: {drive}\Users\{user}\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Illustrator CS3 Settings\
6. Launch Illustrator CS3

To install the Patch on Macintosh: 
1. Quit Illustrator CS3, if it is running 
2.  Browse to the location:
<Install Location> Adobe Illustrator CS3/Adobe Illustrator.app
Ctrl+Click and choose Show Package Contents
3. Browse to the location and backup the folder: Contents/Frameworks/AdobeMPS.framework
4. Download the provided file and uncompress/extract the contents
5. Place the AdobeMPS.Framework folder inside the folder (same as step 2)
<Install Location> Adobe Illustrator CS3/Adobe Illustrator.app/Contents/Frameworks
6. Delete the Illustrator preferences. The Illustrator preferences files are located at
{user}:Library:Preferences:Adobe Illustrator CS3 Settings
7. Launch Illustrator CS3 .

Severity rating

Adobe categorizes this as a critical update and recommends that users apply the update for their product installations.

Details

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Illustrator CS4 (14.0.0) and Adobe Illustrator CS3 (13.0.3 and earlier versions), on the Windows and Macintosh operating systems. The vulnerabilities could lead to arbitrary code execution. Adobe has provided a solution for the reported vulnerabilities. It is recommended that users update their installations using the instructions provided above.

This update resolves a buffer overflow vulnerability that could could lead to arbitrary code execution (CVE-2009-4195).

This update resolves a buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution (CVE-2009-3952).

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank the following individual and organization for reporting the relevant issue and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers:

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