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Updater elevates folder permissions (Acrobat and Adobe Reader on Mac OS)

Advisory Name: Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Updater elevated folder permissions

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-2005-1624

Overview: A vulnerability within Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat has been identified. The updater for Acrobat and Adobe Reader will elevate Safari Frameworks folder permissions for all users when Adobe Reader or Acrobat updates are downloaded.

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

Effect: If exploited, it may be possible for attackers who can get access to the end user's machine to add their own frameworks.

Details: The vulnerability is within the Adobe Reader and Acrobat Updater. The updater elevates the permissions of a pre-existing Safari Frameworks folder. If no Frameworks folder exists, the updater will create a new Frameworks folder with elevated permissions for all users.

Recommendations:

Download one of the following updates:

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

Caveats: None

Vulnerability Identifier Cross-Reference: CVE ID: CAN-2005-1624

Acknowledgment: Adobe would like to thank John C. Welch, for reporting the issue.

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