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. Affected by this vulnerability is some unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Adobe Reader and Acrobat 10.x before 10.0.1, 9.x before 9.4.2, and 8.x before 8.2.6 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-2011-0589 and CVE-2011-0606.

The weakness was presented 02/10/2011 by Bing Liu with Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2011-0563 since 01/19/2011. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 51924 (Adobe Acrobat < 10.0.1 / 9.4.2 / 8.2.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB11-03)), 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 l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 165553 (SUSE Enterprise Linux Security Update acroread (SUSE-SA:2011:011)).

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

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (51924).







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 51924
Nessus Name: Adobe Acrobat < 10.0.1 / 9.4.2 / 8.2.5 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB11-03)
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OpenVAS ID: 801844
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Reader and Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities February-2011 (Windows)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Acrobat Reader 9.0


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Advisory: RHSA-2011:0301
Researcher: Bing Liu
Organization: Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2011-0563 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1025033
Vulnerability Center: 29687 - [APSB11-03] Adobe Acrobat and Reader Remote Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability due to Memory Corruption, Medium
SecurityFocus: 46187 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader CVE-2011-0563 Remote Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Secunia: 43470
Vupen: ADV-2011-0337


Created: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM
Updated: 10/16/2021 06:01 PM
Changes: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM (69), 10/17/2018 08:48 AM (13), 10/16/2021 06:01 PM (3)
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