Adobe Acrobat Reader JPEG File out-of-bounds write

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 2017.011.30188/2020.001.30018/2020.013.20074 (Document Reader Software). Affected is an unknown part of the component JPEG File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-787. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Acrobat Reader DC versions versions 2020.013.20074 (and earlier), 2020.001.30018 (and earlier) and 2017.011.30188 (and earlier) are affected by an Out-of-bounds Write vulnerability when parsing a crafted jpeg file. An unauthenticated attacker could leverage this vulnerability to achieve arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. Exploitation of this issue requires user interaction in that a victim must open a malicious file.

The weakness was published 02/12/2021. The advisory is available at helpx.adobe.com. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2021-21038 since 12/18/2020. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 02/28/2021).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 6.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.0

VulDB Base Score: 6.3
VulDB Temp Score: 6.0
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-787
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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12/18/2020 CVE assigned
02/12/2021 +56 days Advisory disclosed
02/12/2021 +0 days VulDB entry created
02/28/2021 +16 days VulDB last update

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Vendor: https://www.adobe.com/

Advisory: helpx.adobe.com
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2021-21038 (🔒)

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Created: 02/12/2021 11:46 AM
Updated: 02/28/2021 05:08 PM
Changes: (8) vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_av vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ac vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_au vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ci vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ii vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_ai source_cve_cna vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_basescore
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