Microsoft Windows up to Vista Adobe Font Driver memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Windows up to Vista (Operating System). It has been classified as problematic. Affected is some unknown functionality of the component Adobe Font Driver. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as 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. This is going to have an impact on availability.

The weakness was published 03/10/2015 by Mateusz Jurczyk with Google Project Zero as MS15-021 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2015-0074 since 11/18/2014. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 04/12/2022).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 81736 (MS15-021: Vulnerabilities in Adobe Font Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3032323)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 91027 (Microsoft Windows Adobe Font Driver Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (MS15-021)).

Applying the patch MS15-021 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (81736). Similar entries are available at 73951, 73952, 73953 and 73954.







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
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Nessus ID: 81736
Nessus Name: MS15-021: Vulnerabilities in Adobe Font Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3032323)
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Advisory: MS15-021
Researcher: Mateusz Jurczyk
Organization: Google Project Zero
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2015-0074 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1031889 - Microsoft Windows Adobe Font Driver Bugs Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code, Deny Service, and Obtain Potentially Sensitive Information
Vulnerability Center: 48973 - [MS15-021] Microsoft Windows Remote DoS due to Vulnerability in the Adobe Font Driver, Medium
SecurityFocus: 72892 - Microsoft Windows Adobe Font Driver CVE-2015-0074 Denial of Service Vulnerability

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Created: 03/11/2015 09:53 AM
Updated: 04/12/2022 11:48 PM
Changes: 03/11/2015 09:53 AM (68), 04/07/2017 02:52 PM (11), 04/12/2022 11:33 PM (3), 04/12/2022 11:48 PM (1)
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