Poppler 0.10.6/0.12.0 Utility ABWOutputDev::endWord memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Poppler 0.10.6/0.12.0 (Document Reader Software). Affected is the function ABWOutputDev::endWord of the component Utility. 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 shared 11/13/2009 by Jakub Wilk with Debian (Website). The advisory is available at bugs.freedesktop.org. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2009-3938 since 11/13/2009. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Technical details are known, but there is no available exploit.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 44806 (Debian DSA-1941-1 : poppler - several vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Debian Local Security Checks.

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (54215), Vulnerability Center (SBV-24529) and Tenable (44806). The entries 46941, 46940, 50729 and 50727 are related to this item.





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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.9

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 44806
Nessus Name: Debian DSA-1941-1 : poppler - several vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 66332
OpenVAS Name: Debian Security Advisory DSA 1941-1 (poppler)
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Advisory: bugs.freedesktop.org
Researcher: Jakub Wilk
Organization: Debian
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2009-3938 (🔍)

X-Force: 54215
Vulnerability Center: 24529 - Poppler ABWOutputDev.cc Function Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability via a Crafted PDF File, Medium
SecurityFocus: 36976 - Poppler 'ABWOutputDev.cc' Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 37333 - Poppler "pdftoabw" Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities, Moderately Critical
Vupen: ADV-2009-3227

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Created: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM
Updated: 08/27/2021 08:35 PM
Changes: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM (60), 04/05/2019 09:19 AM (16), 08/27/2021 08:35 PM (2)
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