Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 11.0.15/15.006 use after free

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A vulnerability was found in Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 11.0.15/15.006 (Document Reader Software). It has been classified as critical. This affects an unknown code. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a use after free vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-416. Referencing memory after it has been freed can cause a program to crash, use unexpected values, or execute code. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was shared 05/05/2016 by AbdulAziz Hariri with Zero Day Initiative as APSB16-14 as confirmed security bulletin (Website). The advisory is shared at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2016-1050 since 12/22/2015. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available. The price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 08/18/2022).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 91096 (Adobe Acrobat < 11.0.16 / 15.006.30172 / 15.016.20039 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-14)), 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 123265 (Adobe Acrobat and Reader Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-14)).

Upgrading to version 11.0.16 or 15.006.30172 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (91096). The entries 87176, 87177, 87178 and 87179 are related to this item.







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VulDB Meta Base Score: 8.0
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.9

VulDB Base Score: 6.3
VulDB Temp Score: 6.0
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Class: Use after free
CWE: CWE-416 / CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Status: Not defined

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Nessus ID: 91096
Nessus Name: Adobe Acrobat < 11.0.16 / 15.006.30172 / 15.016.20039 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-14)
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OpenVAS ID: 861326
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Reader Security Updates(apsb16-14)-Windows
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Acrobat Reader 11.0.16/15.006.30172


12/22/2015 🔍
05/05/2016 +135 days 🔍
05/05/2016 +0 days 🔍
05/10/2016 +5 days 🔍
05/11/2016 +1 days 🔍
05/12/2016 +1 days 🔍
08/18/2022 +2289 days 🔍



Advisory: APSB16-14
Researcher: AbdulAziz Hariri
Organization: Zero Day Initiative
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-1050 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1035828
SecurityFocus: 90512 - Adobe Reader and Acrobat APSB16-14 Multiple Unspecified Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities

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Created: 05/12/2016 10:58 AM
Updated: 08/18/2022 01:58 PM
Changes: 05/12/2016 10:58 AM (59), 04/07/2017 10:48 AM (22), 08/18/2022 01:58 PM (3)
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