Adobe Photoshop up to 12.0.4 TIFF Image memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Adobe Photoshop (Image Processing Software) and classified as critical. Affected by this issue is some unknown processing of the component TIFF Image Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to 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. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Buffer overflow in Adobe Photoshop before CS6 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted TIFF (aka .TIF) file.

The weakness was released 05/08/2012 by nine8 with Code Audit Labs (Website). The advisory is shared for download at The public release was coordinated with the vendor. This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2012-2028 since 04/02/2012. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a private exploit is available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 184 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 59172 (Adobe Photoshop < CS5 / CS5.1 Multiple Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerabilities (APSB12-11)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows.

Upgrading to version CS6 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (75457), Tenable (59172), SecurityFocus (BID 53421†), OSVDB (81861†) and Secunia (SA48457†).







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 59172
Nessus Name: Adobe Photoshop < CS5 / CS5.1 Multiple Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerabilities (APSB12-11)
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OpenVAS ID: 802786
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Photoshop BOF and Use After Free Vulnerabilities (Mac OS X)
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Researcher: nine8
Organization: Code Audit Labs
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2012-2028 (🔍)

X-Force: 75457 - Adobe Photoshop unspecified buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityFocus: 53421 - Adobe Photoshop CVE-2012-2028 Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 48457 - Adobe Photoshop Four Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 81861
SecurityTracker: 1027046 - Adobe Photoshop Buffer Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 35141 - [APSB12-11] Adobe Photoshop Remote Buffer Overflow via a Crafted TIFF File, Critical

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Created: 05/15/2012 12:02 PM
Updated: 03/24/2021 04:01 PM
Changes: 05/15/2012 12:02 PM (83), 04/12/2017 04:13 PM (11), 03/24/2021 04:01 PM (4)
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