VDB-99235 · CVE-2016-10221 · Qualys 170568

Artifex MuPDF 1.10a pdf-layer.c count_entries PDF Document memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as problematic was found in Artifex MuPDF 1.10a (Document Reader Software). Affected by this vulnerability is the function count_entries of the file pdf-layer.c. The manipulation as part of a PDF Document leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is 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. As an impact it is known to affect availability.

The bug was discovered 12/01/2016. The weakness was published 04/03/2017 (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at bugs.ghostscript.com. This vulnerability is known as CVE-2016-10221 since 02/09/2017. 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. Technical details of the vulnerability are known, but there is no available exploit.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 123 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $0-$5k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 99406 (Fedora 25 : mupdf (2017-2d11503623)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Fedora Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 170568 (OpenSUSE Security Update for mupdf (openSUSE-SU-2017:3064-1)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published 2 weeks after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the vulnerability database at Tenable (99406). Similar entry is available at 117000.






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

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 99406
Nessus Name: Fedora 25 : mupdf (2017-2d11503623)
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OpenVAS ID: 867773
OpenVAS Name: Fedora Update for mupdf FEDORA-2017-2d11503623
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12/01/2016 🔍
02/09/2017 +70 days 🔍
04/03/2017 +53 days 🔍
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04/16/2017 +13 days 🔍
04/17/2017 +1 days 🔍
11/24/2022 +2047 days 🔍


Vendor: artifex.com

Advisory: FEDORA-2017-2d11503623
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2016-10221 (🔍)
OSVDB: - CVE-2016-10221 - MuPDF - Buffer Overflow Issue

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Created: 04/03/2017 04:55 PM
Updated: 11/24/2022 05:19 PM
Changes: 04/03/2017 04:55 PM (75), 08/25/2020 11:12 AM (4), 11/24/2022 05:19 PM (4)
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