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Adobe Acrobat and Reader API Calls Code Execution (APSB14-15; CVE-2014-0525)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2014-1558
Date Published:
Last Updated:
Source: Adobe Security Bulletin APSB14-15
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2014-0525
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R77
  • R76
  • R75
  • R71
  • R70
Who is Vulnerable?
Adobe Reader XI (11.0.06) and earlier

Adobe Reader X (10.1.9) and earlier

Adobe Acrobat XI (11.0.06) and earlier

Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.9) and earlier
Vulnerability Description
A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. The vulnerability is due to the way Reader handles certain API calls to unmapped memory that could lead to code execution. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted file.
Update/Patch Available
Apply patches from: APSB14-15

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

To configure the defense, select your product from the list below and follow the related protection steps.

Security Gateway R77 / R76 / R75 / R71 / R70

How Can I Protect My Network?

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Adobe Acrobat and Reader API Calls Code Execution (APSB14-15) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

How Do I Know if My Network is Under Attack?
SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:

Attack Name:  Adobe Reader Violation.
Attack Information:  Adobe Acrobat and Reader API Calls Code Execution (APSB14-15)