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Zero Day Initiative Advisory 11-296

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 11-296
Posted Oct 26, 2011
Authored by Tipping Point | Site zerodayinitiative.com

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 11-296 - This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Adobe Reader. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The specific flaw exists within the Adobe Image parsing library. When Adobe Reader tries to parse an malformed .BMP image containing Run Length Encoded data it fails to perform sufficient boundary checks on the data. The effect can be a heap buffer overflow resulting in remote code execution under the context of the current user.

tags | advisory, remote, overflow, arbitrary, code execution
advisories | CVE-2011-2438
MD5 | 25fc6ec8dfeb021d5c6b53d4d94736c7

Zero Day Initiative Advisory 11-296

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ZDI-11-296 : Adobe Reader BMP Image RLE Decoding Remote Code Execution
Vulnerability
http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-11-296
October 26, 2011

-- CVE ID:
CVE-2011-2438

-- CVSS:
7.5, AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

-- Affected Vendors:

Adobe



-- Affected Products:

Adobe Reader



-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Adobe Reader. User interaction is required
to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious
page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the Adobe Image parsing library. When
Adobe Reader tries to parse an malformed .BMP image containing Run
Length Encoded data it fails to perform sufficient boundary checks on
the data. The effect can be a heap buffer overflow resulting in remote
code execution under the context of the current user.

-- Vendor Response:

Adobe has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:

http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb11-24.html



-- Disclosure Timeline:
2011-05-12 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2011-10-26 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:

* binaryproof



-- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI):
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a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly
disclosing discovered vulnerabilities.

Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research
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http://www.zerodayinitiative.com

The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is
used. TippingPoint does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any
exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor,
TippingPoint provides its customers with zero day protection through
its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the
specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until
an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the
altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, TippingPoint
provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security
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mitigation product.

Our vulnerability disclosure policy is available online at:

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