Adobe Acrobat Reader prior 9.0 input validation

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Adobe Acrobat Reader (Document Reader Software). This affects some unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a privilege escalation vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-20. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was disclosed 02/10/2011 by Peter Vreugdenhil (TippingPoint) with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative as RHSA-2011:0301 (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2011-0592 since 01/19/2011. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are 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 local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 118995 (Red Hat Update for Acroread (RHSA-2011:0301)).

Upgrading to version 9.0 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 10835.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityTracker (ID 1025033), Vulnerability Center (SBV-29716) and Tenable (51924). The entries 56469, 56468, 56467 and 56466 are pretty similar.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.6

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Temp Score: 6.6
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Class: Privilege escalation
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
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: Peter Vreugdenhil (TippingPoint)
Organization: TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2011-0592 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1025033
Vulnerability Center: 29716 - [APSB11-03] Adobe Acrobat and Reader Remote Code Execution vulnerability via a Crafted PDF File, Medium
SecurityFocus: 46210 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader CVE-2011-0592 3D File Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 43470
Vupen: ADV-2011-0337

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Created: 03/20/2015 04:16 PM
Updated: 10/16/2021 09:42 PM
Changes: (3) vulnerability_cvss2_nvd_basescore advisory_identifier exploit_price_0day
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