Adobe Acrobat 8.1.1/8.1.2 access control

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Adobe Acrobat 8.1.1/8.1.2 (Document Reader Software). Affected is an unknown code block. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a access control vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-264. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2 and earlier on Unix and Linux allows attackers to gain privileges via a Trojan Horse program in an unspecified directory that is associated with an insecure RPATH.

The bug was discovered 11/04/2008. The weakness was presented 11/05/2008 by Thomas Garnier with iDEFENSE Labs (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2008-4815 since 10/31/2008. The exploitability is told to be easy. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The MITRE ATT&CK project declares the attack technique as T1068.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 35367 (GLSA-200901-09 : Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Gentoo Local Security Checks and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 116027 (Adobe Acrobat/Reader "util.printf()" Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (APSB08-19)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 3 months after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (46335) and Tenable (35367). See 3863, 42639, 45323 and 44870 for similar entries.







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Class: Access control
CWE: CWE-264
ATT&CK: T1068

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 35367
Nessus Name: GLSA-200901-09 : Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code
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OpenVAS ID: 800051
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Reader/Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities - Nov08 (Linux)
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Researcher: Thomas Garnier
Organization: iDEFENSE Labs
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2008-4815 (🔍)

X-Force: 46335
SecurityTracker: 1021140
Vulnerability Center: 19943 - Adobe Reader and Acrobat <8.1.3 on Unix or Linux Local Untrusted Search Path Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 32100 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader 8.1.2 Multiple Security Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 32700
OSVDB: 50244 - CVE-2008-4815 - Adobe - Reader And Acrobat - Untrusted Search Path Issue
Vupen: ADV-2008-3001

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Created: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM
Updated: 08/20/2019 12:17 PM
Changes: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM (76), 08/20/2019 12:17 PM (13)
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