Adobe Acrobat Reader prior 9.0 memory corruption

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A vulnerability has been found in Adobe Acrobat Reader (Document Reader Software) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects an unknown code. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x before 9.4, and 8.x before 8.2.5 on Windows and Mac OS X, allow attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) via unspecified vectors, a different vulnerability than CVE-2010-2890, CVE-2010-3619, CVE-2010-3621, CVE-2010-3622, CVE-2010-3628, and CVE-2010-3632.

The weakness was published 10/06/2010 by Tavis Ormandy with Google Security Team (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2010-3658 since 09/28/2010. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 49172 (Adobe Acrobat < 9.4 / 8.2.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB10-21)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows and running in the context local.

Upgrading to version 9.0 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Vulnerability Center (SBV-27450) and Tenable (49172). Similar entries are available at 4175, 54939, 54938 and 54937.






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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.6

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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: 49172
Nessus Name: Adobe Acrobat < 9.4 / 8.2.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB10-21)
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OpenVAS ID: 801524
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Acrobat and Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities -Oct10 (Windows)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Acrobat Reader 9.0
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09/09/2010 🔍
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Advisory: RHSA-2010:0743
Researcher: Tavis Ormandy
Organization: Google Security Team
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2010-3658 (🔍)

Vulnerability Center: 27450 - [APSB10-21] Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat Reader Remote Memory Corruption Vulnerability via a Crafted PDF File, Medium
SecurityFocus: 43738 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader CVE-2010-3658 Remote Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Secunia: 43025
Vupen: ADV-2011-0191

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Created: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM
Updated: 09/26/2021 09:51 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM (67), 10/16/2018 09:13 AM (11), 09/26/2021 09:51 AM (3)
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