Adobe Reader/Acrobat Critical Vulnerabilities

Number: AV10-033
Date: 20 August 2010


The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to Critical vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat.


Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe has released an out-of-band security update to address these vulnerabilities.

CVE-2010-2862 describes a vulnerability that was disclosed publicly during the Black Hat security conference on July 28, 2010. CCIRC is unaware of publicly available exploit code at this time; however, the presenter developed proof-of-concept code that impacts Adobe Reader 9.3.3. The information presented could facilitate the development of publicly available exploit code in the future.

This out-of-band security update also addresses multiple Adobe Flash Player vulnerabilities, as noted in Adobe Security Bulletin APSB10-16. See CCIRC AV10-030 - Multiple Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player and AIR (11 August 2010) for further details.

Affected Products


Suggested action

CCIRC recommends that organizations liaise with the administrators/maintainers of the affected products to assess exposure and apply vendor-recommended updates.

Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

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