Check Point Advisories

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Malformed JavaScript Heap Corruption (APSB12-01; CVE-2011-4371)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-029
Date Published: 17 Jan 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2011-4371
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R70

  • R71
  • R75

  • Who is Vulnerable? Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Reader 9.4.7 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows
    Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Macintosh
    Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Acrobat 9.4.7 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows
    Adobe Acrobat 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for Macintosh
    Vulnerability Description A heap corruption vulnerability has been reported in Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to an error while loading a PDF containing a malicious JavaScript code. A remote attacker may exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a malicious PDF file with an affected version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.

    Protection Overview

    IPS will detect and block the transferring of malicious PDF files.

    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 and Acrobat Malformed JavaScript Heap Corruption (APSB12-01) 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 and Acrobat Malformed JavaScript Heap Corruption (APSB12-01)

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