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Adobe Reader PDF File NULL Pointer Dereference Code Execution (APSB12-16; CVE-2012-4152)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-356
Date Published: 21 Aug 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2012-4152
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R75

  • R71
  • R70

  • Who is Vulnerable? Adobe Reader X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Reader 9.5.1 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.3) and earlier 10.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Adobe Acrobat 9.5.1 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh
    Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Adobe Acrobat and Reader.
    Update/Patch AvaliableApply patches from: APSB12-16
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to a null pointer dereference. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted PDF file. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to take complete control of the target.

    Protection Overview

    This protection will detect and block the transferring of specially crafted 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 PDF File NULL Pointer Dereference Code Execution (APSB12-16) 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 PDF File NULL Pointer Dereference Code Execution (APSB12-16)

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