Vulnerabilities > CVE-2008-2992 - Improper Restriction of Operations Within the Bounds of A Memory Buffer vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Acrobat Reader

047910
CVSS 9.3 - CRITICAL
Attack vector
NETWORK
Attack complexity
MEDIUM
Privileges required
NONE
Confidentiality impact
COMPLETE
Integrity impact
COMPLETE
Availability impact
COMPLETE
network
adobe
CWE-119
critical
nessus
exploit available
metasploit

Summary

Stack-based buffer overflow in Adobe Acrobat and Reader 8.1.2 and earlier allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a PDF file that calls the util.printf JavaScript function with a crafted format string argument, a related issue to CVE-2008-1104.

Vulnerable Configurations

Part Description Count
Application
Adobe
94

Common Attack Pattern Enumeration and Classification (CAPEC)

  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.

Exploit-Db

  • descriptionAdobe util.printf() Buffer Overflow. CVE-2008-2992. Local exploit for windows platform
    idEDB-ID:16504
    last seen2016-02-02
    modified2010-05-03
    published2010-05-03
    reportermetasploit
    sourcehttps://www.exploit-db.com/download/16504/
    titleAdobe util.printf Buffer Overflow
  • descriptionAdobe Reader util.printf() JavaScript Function Stack Overflow Exploit #2. CVE-2008-2992. Local exploit for windows platform
    fileexploits/windows/local/7006.txt
    idEDB-ID:7006
    last seen2016-02-01
    modified2008-11-05
    platformwindows
    port
    published2008-11-05
    reporterDebasis Mohanty
    sourcehttps://www.exploit-db.com/download/7006/
    titleAdobe Reader - util.printf JavaScript Function Stack Overflow Exploit 2
    typelocal
  • descriptionAdobe Reader util.printf() JavaScript Function Stack Overflow Exploit. CVE-2008-2992. Local exploit for windows platform
    fileexploits/windows/local/6994.txt
    idEDB-ID:6994
    last seen2016-02-01
    modified2008-11-05
    platformwindows
    port
    published2008-11-05
    reporterElazar
    sourcehttps://www.exploit-db.com/download/6994/
    titleAdobe Reader - util.printf JavaScript Function Stack Overflow Exploit
    typelocal
  • descriptionAdobe util.printf() Buffer Overflow. CVE-2008-2992. Local exploit for windows platform
    idEDB-ID:16624
    last seen2016-02-02
    modified2010-09-25
    published2010-09-25
    reportermetasploit
    sourcehttps://www.exploit-db.com/download/16624/
    titleAdobe util.printf Buffer Overflow 2

Metasploit

Nessus

  • NASL familyRed Hat Local Security Checks
    NASL idREDHAT-RHSA-2008-0974.NASL
    descriptionUpdated acroread packages that fix various security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Extras, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Extras, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Supplementary. This update has been rated as having critical security impact by the Red Hat Security Response Team. Adobe Reader allows users to view and print documents in Portable Document Format (PDF). Several input validation flaws were discovered in Adobe Reader. A malicious PDF file could cause Adobe Reader to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code as the user running Adobe Reader. (CVE-2008-2549, CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-4812, CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4817) The Adobe Reader binary had an insecure relative RPATH (runtime library search path) set in the ELF (Executable and Linking Format) header. A local attacker able to convince another user to run Adobe Reader in an attacker-controlled directory could run arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim. (CVE-2008-4815) All acroread users are advised to upgrade to these updated packages, that contain Adobe Reader version 8.1.3, and are not vulnerable to these issues.
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id40730
    published2009-08-24
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2019 and is owned by Tenable, Inc. or an Affiliate thereof.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/40730
    titleRHEL 3 / 4 / 5 : acroread (RHSA-2008:0974)
  • NASL familySuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL idSUSE_ACROREAD-5746.NASL
    descriptionThe acroread package was update to fix several security vulnerabilities in the JavaScript engine. (CVE-2008-2992 / CVE-2008-2549 / CVE-2008-4812 / CVE-2008-4813 / CVE-2008-4817 / CVE-2008-4816 / CVE-2008-4814 / CVE-2008-4815)
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id34942
    published2008-11-24
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2008-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/34942
    titleSuSE 10 Security Update : Acrobat Reader (ZYPP Patch Number 5746)
  • NASL familySuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL idSUSE_11_0_ACROREAD-081107.NASL
    descriptionThe acroread package was update to fix several security vulnerabilities in the JavaScript engine. (CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-2549, CVE-2008-4812, CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4817, CVE-2008-4816, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4815)
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id39905
    published2009-07-21
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/39905
    titleopenSUSE Security Update : acroread (acroread-295)
  • NASL familyWindows
    NASL idADOBE_ACROBAT_813.NASL
    descriptionThe version of Adobe Acrobat installed on the remote host is earlier than 9.0 / 8.1.3. Such versions are reportedly affected by multiple vulnerabilities : - There is a published denial of service issue. (CVE-2008-2549) - A stack-based buffer overflow when parsing format strings containing a floating point specifier in the
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id40802
    published2009-08-28
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2018 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/40802
    titleAdobe Acrobat < 8.1.3 Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • NASL familyWindows
    NASL idADOBE_READER_813.NASL
    descriptionThe version of Adobe Reader installed on the remote host is earlier than 8.1.3. Such versions are reportedly affected by multiple vulnerabilities : - There is a publicly-published denial of service issue (CVE-2008-2549). - A stack-based buffer overflow when parsing format strings containing a floating point specifier in the
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id34695
    published2008-11-04
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2008-2018 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/34695
    titleAdobe Reader < 8.1.3 / 9.0 Multiple Vulnerabilities
  • NASL familySuSE Local Security Checks
    NASL idSUSE_ACROREAD-5749.NASL
    descriptionThe acroread package was update to fix several security vulnerabilities in the JavaScript engine. (CVE-2008-2992, CVE-2008-2549, CVE-2008-4812, CVE-2008-4813, CVE-2008-4817, CVE-2008-4816, CVE-2008-4814, CVE-2008-4815)
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id34943
    published2008-11-24
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2008-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/34943
    titleopenSUSE 10 Security Update : acroread (acroread-5749)
  • NASL familyGentoo Local Security Checks
    NASL idGENTOO_GLSA-200901-09.NASL
    descriptionThe remote host is affected by the vulnerability described in GLSA-200901-09 (Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code) An unspecified vulnerability can be triggered by a malformed PDF document, as demonstrated by 2008-HI2.pdf (CVE-2008-2549). Peter Vreugdenhil, Dyon Balding, Will Dormann, Damian Frizza, and Greg MacManus reported a stack-based buffer overflow in the util.printf JavaScript function that incorrectly handles the format string argument (CVE-2008-2992). Greg MacManus of iDefense Labs reported an array index error that can be leveraged for an out-of-bounds write, related to parsing of Type 1 fonts (CVE-2008-4812). Javier Vicente Vallejo and Peter Vregdenhil, via Zero Day Initiative, reported multiple unspecified memory corruption vulnerabilities (CVE-2008-4813). Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon Systems reported an unspecified vulnerability in a JavaScript method, related to an
    last seen2020-06-01
    modified2020-06-02
    plugin id35367
    published2009-01-14
    reporterThis script is Copyright (C) 2009-2019 Tenable Network Security, Inc.
    sourcehttps://www.tenable.com/plugins/nessus/35367
    titleGLSA-200901-09 : Adobe Reader: User-assisted execution of arbitrary code

Packetstorm

Redhat

advisories
rhsa
idRHSA-2008:0974
rpms
  • acroread-0:8.1.3-1
  • acroread-0:8.1.3-1.el4
  • acroread-0:8.1.3-1.el5
  • acroread-plugin-0:8.1.3-1
  • acroread-plugin-0:8.1.3-1.el4
  • acroread-plugin-0:8.1.3-1.el5

Saint

bid30035
descriptionAdobe Acrobat util.printf JavaScript function buffer overflow
idmisc_acrobat,misc_acroread
osvdb49520
titleadobe_util_printf
typeclient

Seebug

  • bulletinFamilyexploit
    descriptionNo description provided by source.
    idSSV:65893
    last seen2017-11-19
    modified2014-07-01
    published2014-07-01
    reporterRoot
    sourcehttps://www.seebug.org/vuldb/ssvid-65893
    titleAdobe Reader - util.printf() JavaScript Function Stack Overflow Exploit (2)
  • bulletinFamilyexploit
    descriptionNo description provided by source.
    idSSV:9954
    last seen2017-11-19
    modified2008-11-07
    published2008-11-07
    reporterRoot
    sourcehttps://www.seebug.org/vuldb/ssvid-9954
    titleAdobe Reader util.printf() JavaScript Function Stack Overflow Exploit #2