Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 7.0.2 PDF Document Parser memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 7.0.2 (Document Reader Software). This affects an unknown function of the file PDF Document Parser. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was released 08/16/2005 with Adobe (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2005-2470 since 08/05/2005. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 21540 (FreeBSD : acroread -- plug-in buffer overflow vulnerability (f74dc01b-0e83-11da-bc08-0001020eed82)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family FreeBSD Local Security Checks. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 38461 (Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (21860) and Tenable (21540).






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VulDB Meta Base Score: 6.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.7

VulDB Base Score: 6.3
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 21540
Nessus Name: FreeBSD : acroread -- plug-in buffer overflow vulnerability (f74dc01b-0e83-11da-bc08-0001020eed82)
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OpenVAS ID: 55088
OpenVAS Name: FreeBSD Ports: acroread
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Organization: Adobe
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2005-2470 (🔍)

X-Force: 21860 - Adobe Acrobat/Reader plug-in buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1014712
Vulnerability Center: 9002 - Buffer Overflow in Adobe Read and Acrobat Core Application Plug-In Enables Code Execution, Medium
SecurityFocus: 14603 - Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 16466 - Adobe Acrobat / Reader Plug-in Buffer Overflow Vulnerability, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 18845
Vupen: ADV-2005-1434


Created: 08/22/2005 11:57 AM
Updated: 03/11/2021 08:39 PM
Changes: 08/22/2005 11:57 AM (55), 04/07/2017 10:45 AM (37), 03/11/2021 08:36 PM (3), 03/11/2021 08:39 PM (1)
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