Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 11.0.13/15.006.30097/15.009.20077 use after free

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 11.0.13/15.006.30097/15.009.20077 (Document Reader Software). Affected by this vulnerability is an unknown code. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a use after free vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-416. Referencing memory after it has been freed can cause a program to crash, use unexpected values, or execute code. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 01/07/2016 by Behzad Najjarpour Jabbari (kdot) with Zero Day Initiative as APSB16-02 as confirmed advisory (Website) via Zero Day Initiative (ZDI). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-0934 since 12/22/2015. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 87917 (Adobe Acrobat < 11.0.14 / 15.006.30119 / 15.010.20056 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-02)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 124506 (Adobe Reader and Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-02)).

Upgrading to version 11.0.14, 15.006.30119 or 15.010.20056 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 21923.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (87917), SecurityFocus (BID 80358†), SecurityTracker (ID 1034646†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-55682†).







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Class: Use after free
CWE: CWE-416 / CWE-119

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Nessus ID: 87917
Nessus Name: Adobe Acrobat < 11.0.14 / 15.006.30119 / 15.010.20056 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-02)
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OpenVAS ID: 803434
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Acrobat Multiple Vulnerabilities - 01 January16 (Windows)
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Advisory: APSB16-02
Researcher: Behzad Najjarpour Jabbari (kdot)
Organization: Zero Day Initiative
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-0934 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 80358 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader APSB16-02 Use-After-Free Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
SecurityTracker: 1034646 - Adobe Acrobat/Reader Multiple Flaws Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code and Bypass Security Restrictions
Vulnerability Center: 55682 - [APSB16-02] Adobe Acrobat, Acrobat DC, Reader and Reader DC Remote Use-After-Free Vulnerability - CVE-2016-0934, Medium


Created: 01/14/2016 03:30 PM
Updated: 07/03/2022 10:56 AM
Changes: 01/14/2016 03:30 PM (66), 04/07/2017 11:11 AM (30), 07/03/2022 10:50 AM (3), 07/03/2022 10:56 AM (1)
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