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Vulnerability Summary for CVE-2009-1493

Original release date: 04/30/2009
Last revised: 08/12/2009


The customDictionaryOpen spell method in the JavaScript API in Adobe Reader 9.1, 8.1.4, 7.1.1, and earlier on Linux and UNIX allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (memory corruption) or execute arbitrary code via a PDF file that triggers a call to this method with a long string in the second argument.


CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score: 6.8 MEDIUM
Impact Subscore: 6.4
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service

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External Source: BID
Name: 34740
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-1317
External Source: GENTOO
Name: GLSA-200907-06
External Source: MILW0RM
Name: 8570
US-CERT Vulnerability Note: CERT
Name: TA09-133B
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2009/05/adobe_reader_issue_update.html
External Source: REDHAT
Name: RHSA-2009:0478
External Source: SECTRACK
Name: 1022139
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/bulletins/apsb09-06.html
US-CERT Vulnerability Note: CERT-VN
Name: VU#970180
External Source: SUNALERT
Name: 259028
External Source: MISC
Name: http://packetstorm.linuxsecurity.com/0904-exploits/spell.txt
External Source: XF
Name: reader-spellcustom-code-execution(50146)
External Source: MISC
Name: http://blogs.adobe.com/psirt/2009/04/update_on_adobe_reader_issue.html
Type: Advisory
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SR:2009:011
External Source: SUSE
Name: SUSE-SA:2009:027
External Source: CONFIRM
Name: http://support.nortel.com/go/main.jsp?cscat=BLTNDETAIL&id=926953
External Source: VUPEN
Name: ADV-2009-1189
Type: Advisory

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