Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB16-09)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2016-040
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Subject: 
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat Could Allow Remote Code Execution (APSB16-09)
Overview: 

Multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader could allow for remote code execution. Adobe Acrobat and Reader allow a user to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). Successful exploitation could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full system rights. 

Systems Affected: 
  • Acrobat DC versions prior to 15.010.20059 for Windows and Macintosh

  • Acrobat Reader DC versions prior to 15.010.20059 for Windows and Macintosh

  • Acrobat DC versions prior to 15.006.30119 for Windows and Macintosh

  • Acrobat Reader DC versions prior to 15.006.30119 for Windows and Macintosh

  • Acrobat XI versions prior to 11.0.14 for  Windows and Macintosh

  • Reader XI versions prior to 11.0.14 for Windows and Macintosh

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, the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution. These vulnerabilities are as follows:

  • Memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution. (CVE-2016-1007, CVE-2016-1009)

  • Vulnerability in the directory search path used to find resources that could lead to code execution. (CVE-2016-1008)

Successful exploitation could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full system rights.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, apply applicable patch provided by Adobe to vulnerable systems.

  • Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

  • Limit user account privileges to those required only.

  • Do not open email attachments from unknown or untrusted sources