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Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader Could Allow for Arbitrary Code Execution (APSB16-26)

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:

2016-125

DATE(S) ISSUED:

09/19/2016

OVERVIEW:

Multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader could allow for arbitrary code execution. Adobe Acrobat and Reader allow a user to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF). Successful exploitation could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full system rights.

September 19 - UPDATED OVERVIEW:
Two additional vulnerabilities have been reported in Adobe Flash Player which could allow for arbitrary code execution.

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Adobe Acrobat DC version 15.016.20045 and prior for Windows and Macintosh
  • Acrobat Reader DC version 15.016.20045 and prior for Windows and Macintosh
  • Acrobat DC version 15.006.30174 and prior for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version 15.006.30174 and prior for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat XI version 11.0.16 and prior Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader XI version 11.0.16 and prior for Windows and Macintosh

RISK:

Goverment:
  • Large and medium government entities: HIGH
  • Small government entities: MEDIUM
Businesses:
  • Large and medium business entities: HIGH
  • Small business entities: MEDIUM
Home Users:
LOW

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

Adobe Acrobat and Reader are prone to multiple vulnerabilities, the most severe of which could allow for arbitrary code execution. The vulnerabilities are as follows:

• Integer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2016-4210).

• Use-after-free vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2016-4255).

• Heap buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2016-4209).

• Bypass restrictions on Javascript API execution (CVE-2016-4215).

• Memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2016-4254, CVE-2016-4191, CVE-2016-4192, CVE-2016-4193, CVE-2016-4194, CVE-2016-4195, CVE-2016-4196, CVE-2016-4197, CVE-2016-4198, CVE-2016-4199, CVE-2016-4200, CVE-2016-4201, CVE-2016-4202, CVE-2016-4203, CVE-2016-4204, CVE-2016-4205, CVE-2016-4206, CVE-2016-4207, CVE-2016-4208, CVE-2016-4211, CVE-2016-4212, CVE-2016-4213, CVE-2016-4214, CVE-2016-4250, CVE-2016-4251, CVE-2016-4252, CVE-2016-4265, CVE-2016-4266, CVE-2016-4267, CVE-2016-4268, CVE-2016-4269, CVE-2016-4270).

The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full system rights.

September 19 - UPDATED TECHNICAL SUMMARY:
Adobe Acrobat and Reader are prone to a memory corruption vulnerability (CVE-2016-6937) and a use-after-free vulnerability (CVE-2016-6938). Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow for arbitrary code execution.

RECOMENDATIONS:

We recommend the following actions be taken:

• Apply appropriate patches provided by Adobe to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.

• Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.

• Remind users not to visit websites or follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

• Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments especially from untrusted sources.

REFERENCES:

CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4191 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4192 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4193 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4194 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4195 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4196 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4197 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4198 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4199 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4200 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4201 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4202 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4203 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4204 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4205 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4206 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4207 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4208 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4209 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4210 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4211 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4212 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4213 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4214 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4215 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4250 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4251 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4252 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4254 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4255 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4265 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4266 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4267 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4268 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4269 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-4270 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-6937 http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2016-6938

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