Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat Could Allow For Remote Code Execution (APSB14-15)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2014-044
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Subject: 
Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat Could Allow For Remote Code Execution (APSB14-15)
Overview: 

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat that could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  Adobe Reader is used for viewing, printing, signing and commenting on PDF documents and Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software developed to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in PDF format.  Successful exploitation could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Systems Affected: 
  • Adobe Reader XI (11.0.06) and earlier 11.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.9) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (11.0.06) and earlier 11.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.9) and earlier 10.x versions 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: 

Vulnerabilities have been discovered in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat that could allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  The vulnerabilities are as follows:

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

Actions: 
  • Install the updates provided by Adobe immediately after appropriate testing
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.
References: 
Adobe:
http://helpx.adobe.com/security/products/reader/apsb14-15.html
CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0511
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0512
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0521
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0522
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0523
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0524
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0525
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0526
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0527
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0528
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-0529