Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 11.0.17/15.006.30201/15.017.20053 use after free

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A vulnerability has been found in Adobe Acrobat Reader up to 11.0.17/15.006.30201/15.017.20053 (Document Reader Software) and classified as critical. Affected by this vulnerability is some unknown processing. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption 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 presented 10/06/2016 by AbdulAziz Hariri with Zero Day Initiative as APSB16-33 as confirmed security bulletin (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at helpx.adobe.com. The vendor advisory states that the initial disclosure was October 6, 2016. But it appears that the advisory got released on October 11, 2016 to the public. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-6961 since 08/23/2016. 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. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 09/23/2022).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 94074 (Adobe Reader < 11.0.18 / 15.006.30243 / 15.020.20039 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-33) (macOS)), 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 11.0.18, 15.006.30243 or 15.020.20039 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityTracker (ID 1036986) and Tenable (94074). See 92615, 92616, 92617 and 92618 for similar entries.

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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: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-416 / CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 94074
Nessus Name: Adobe Reader < 11.0.18 / 15.006.30243 / 15.020.20039 Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB16-33) (macOS)
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OpenVAS ID: 861284
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Acrobat Security Updates(apsb16-33)-MAC OS X
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Acrobat Reader 11.0.18/15.006.30243/15.020.20039

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Sourcesinfo

Vendor: adobe.com

Advisory: APSB16-33
Researcher: AbdulAziz Hariri
Organization: Zero Day Initiative
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2016-6961 (🔍)
SecurityTracker: 1036986 - Adobe Acrobat/Reader Multiple Flaws Let Remote Users Bypass Security Restrictions and Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityFocus: 93491 - Adobe Acrobat and Reader APSB16-33 Use-After-Free Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities

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Created: 10/13/2016 09:51 AM
Updated: 09/23/2022 12:52 PM
Changes: (1) source_nessus_risk
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