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Adobe Reader Installer Security Bypass (APSB12-08; CVE-2012-0776)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-153
Date Published: 30 Apr 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2012-0776
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway

  • R71
  • R75

  • Who is Vulnerable? Adobe Reader X (10.1.2) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Reader 9.5 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Linux
    Vulnerability Description An insecure library loading vulnerability has been reported in Adobe Reader installer.
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to an error in the way the Adobe Reader installer loads executables. A remote attacker could exploit this issue by enticing a user to open a legitimate PDF file that is located in the same network directory as a specially crafted executable file. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

    Protection Overview

    This protection will detect and block the transferring of malicious executable files over a network share.

    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.

    Security Gateway R75 / R71 / R70

    1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Adobe Reader Installer Security Bypass (APSB12-08) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
    2. Install policy on all modules.

    SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:
    Attack Name: Adobe Reader Violation
    Attack Information: Adobe Reader Installer Security Bypass (APSB12-08)

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