Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB15-10)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2015-050
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB15-10)
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. Adobe Reader and Acrobat are applications for handling PDF files.

Attackers can exploit these issues to execute arbitrary code within the context of the affected application. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the user running the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

Systems Affected: 
  • Adobe Reader XI (11.0.10) and earlier 11.x versions
  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.13) and earlier 10.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (11.0.10) and earlier 11.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.13) and earlier 10.x versions
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat are prone to multiple vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • Use-after-free vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-3053, CVE-2015-3054, CVE-2015-3055, CVE-2015-3059, CVE-2015-3075).
  • Heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2014-9160).
  • A buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-3048).
  • Memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2014-9161, CVE-2015-3046, CVE-2015-3049, CVE-2015-3050, CVE-2015-3051, CVE-2015-3052, CVE-2015-3056, CVE-2015-3057, CVE-2015-3070, CVE-2015-3076). 
  • A memory leak (CVE-2015-3058).  
  • Various methods to bypass restrictions on Javascript API execution (CVE-2015-3060, CVE-2015-3061, CVE-2015-3062, CVE-2015-3063, CVE-2015-3064, CVE-2015-3065, CVE-2015-3066, CVE-2015-3067, CVE-2015-3068, CVE-2015-3069, CVE-2015-3071, CVE-2015-3072, CVE-2015-3073, CVE-2015-3074).
  • A null-pointer dereference issue that could lead to a denial-of-service condition (CVE-2015-3047). 
  • Provide additional hardening to protect against CVE-2014-8452, a vulnerability in the handling of XML external entities that could lead to information disclosure.  

Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the user running the affected application. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. 

Actions: 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Install the updates provided by Adobe immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.
References: 

Adobe:

https://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/reader/apsb15-10.html

CVE:

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3053

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3055

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3057

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3058

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3065

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3066

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3067

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3068

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3071

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3072

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3073

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-8452

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3076

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3075

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3059

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3054

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3056

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3061

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3063

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3064

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3069

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3070

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3074

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3049

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3050

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3051

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3052

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-9160

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-9161

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3060

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3062

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3047

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3046

http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-3048