Out of 82 security flaws, 45 vulnerabilities affecting Adobe Acrobat and Reader have been rated critical. The exploitation of the flaws could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user.
The company also addressed 23 important-ratedout-of-bounds read and cross-site scripting issues that could lead to information disclosure.
26 vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader reside due to use-after-free, 6 due to out-of-bounds write, 4 are type confusion bugs, 4 are untrusted pointer dereference, 3 are heap overflow bugs, one a buffer overrun and one a race condition flaw.
A majority of critical-rated vulnerabilities (i.e., 26) in Adobe Acrobat and Reader reside due to use-after-free, 6 due to out-of-bounds write, 4 are type confusion bugs, 4 due to untrusted pointer dereference, 3 are heap overflow bugs, one buffer overrun and one race condition issue.
Adobe fixed a privilege escalation flaw in Download Manager for Windows that is caused by insecure file permissions.
Adobe also addressed a dozen flaws in the Experience Manager marketing solution. An attacker could exploit the vulnerabilities to gain unauthorized access to an organization’s Experience Manager environment.
The company also fixed a XSS flaw in the Experience Manager Forms that lead to the disclosure of sensitive information.
The good news is that Adobe is not aware of any attacks exploiting the vulnerabilities in the wild.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.