Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 9.1.3 memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Adobe Acrobat Reader (Document Reader Software). This affects an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The product 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 summary by CVE is:

Heap-based buffer overflow in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 7.x before 7.1.4, 8.x before 8.1.7, and 9.x before 9.2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted PDF file that triggers memory corruption, as exploited in the wild in October 2009. NOTE: some of these details are obtained from third party information.

The weakness was published 10/09/2009 by Chia-Ching Fang (SkyLined) with Information and Communication Security Technology (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2009-3459 since 09/29/2009. 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 unknown but a public exploit is available.

It is declared as highly functional. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 42119 (Adobe Acrobat < 9.2 / 8.1.7 / 7.1.4 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB09-15)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 9216.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (53691) and Tenable (42119).







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Access: Public
Status: Highly functional

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Nessus ID: 42119
Nessus Name: Adobe Acrobat < 9.2 / 8.1.7 / 7.1.4 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB09-15)
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OpenVAS ID: 800958
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities - Oct09 (Linux)
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Saint ID: exploit_info/adobe_reader_flatedecode_tiff_predictor
Saint Name: Adobe Reader FlateDecode filter TIFF Predictor integer overflow

MetaSploit ID: adobe_flatedecode_predictor02.rb
MetaSploit Name: Adobe FlateDecode Stream Predictor 02 Integer Overflow
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Suricata ID: 2013153
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Researcher: Chia-Ching Fang (SkyLined)
Organization: Information and Communication Security Technology
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2009-3459 (🔍)

X-Force: 53691 - Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF code execution, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1023007 - Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Flaws Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code and Deny Service
Vulnerability Center: 23723 - [APSB09-15] Adobe Acrobat Reader <= 9.1.3 Crafted PDF File Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 36600 - Adobe Acrobat Reader Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 36983 - Adobe Reader/Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities, Extremely Critical
OSVDB: 58729
Vupen: ADV-2009-2851

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Created: 10/19/2009 10:28 AM
Updated: 03/17/2021 01:52 PM
Changes: 10/19/2009 10:28 AM (58), 09/05/2019 01:37 PM (42), 03/17/2021 01:44 PM (7), 03/17/2021 01:49 PM (2), 03/17/2021 01:52 PM (1)
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