Adobe Acrobat Reader 15/up to 11 on Win/OS X memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Adobe Acrobat Reader 15/up to 11 on Win/OS X (Document Reader Software). Affected is an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The software 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 confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 09/12/2016 by Steven Seeley with Zero Day Initiative as APSB16-26 as confirmed security bulletin (Website). The advisory is shared for download at The security bulletin contains:

September 12, 2016: added references to CVE-2016-6937 and CVE-2016-6938, which were inadvertently omitted from the bulletin.
This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2016-6937 since 08/23/2016. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 09/19/2022).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 92036 (Adobe Acrobat < 11.0.17 / 15.006.30198 / 15.017.20050 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-26) (Mac OS X)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks.

Upgrading to version 11.0.17, 15.006.30198 or 15.017.20050 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published even before and not after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (92036). See 89076, 89077, 89078 and 89079 for similar entries.






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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 7.9

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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 92036
Nessus Name: Adobe Acrobat < 11.0.17 / 15.006.30198 / 15.017.20050 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-26) (Mac OS X)
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OpenVAS ID: 68089
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Reader Security Updates(apsb16-26)-Windows
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Acrobat Reader 11.0.17/15.006.30198/15.017.20050


07/07/2016 🔍
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Advisory: APSB16-26
Researcher: Steven Seeley
Organization: Zero Day Initiative
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-6937 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1036986
SecurityFocus: 93014 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader CVE-2016-6937 Memory Corruption Vulnerability

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Created: 09/18/2016 10:00 AM
Updated: 09/19/2022 07:48 AM
Changes: 09/18/2016 10:00 AM (68), 04/07/2017 10:49 AM (13), 09/19/2022 07:41 AM (3), 09/19/2022 07:48 AM (1)
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