Adobe Reader is a program for viewing Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. Acrobat is the program used to create such documents. More information is available at the following URLs.
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code as the current user. In order to exploit these vulnerabilities, an attacker would have to convince a targeted user to open a maliciously constructed file. This file could be sent directly to the targeted user or linked from a website.
iDefense has confirmed these vulnerabilities exist in Adobe Reader 8.1 on Windows XP SP2. It is likely that other Adobe products that handle PDF files, including previous versions of Adobe Reader, are also affected.
Adobe released version 8.1.2 of Adobe Reader and Acrobat to address these vulnerabilities. Although there is currently no update for version 7.0.9, Adobe reports it does plan to release one at a later date. For more information, visit the vendor's advisory at the following URL.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2007-5659 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
10/10/2007 Initial vendor notification
10/10/2007 Initial vendor response
10/26/2007 Request for status
10/26/2007 Status - Est. early January
01/04/2008 Request for status
01/04/2008 Status - Scheduled early February
01/28/2008 Adobe plans patch for 8, but not 7
01/30/2008 Concerns about the plan e-mailed to Adobe
01/31/2008 Telephone call to clarify concerns
02/06/2008 Adobe releases 8.1.2
02/06/2008 Immunity makes PoC available to partners
02/07/2008 Adobe publishes APSA08-01
02/08/2008 Exploit discovered in the wild
02/08/2008 Public disclosure
These vulnerabilities were discovered by Greg MacManus of VeriSign iDefense Labs.
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