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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: 20 Aug 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 14 Feb 2016
Industry Reference:CVE-2012-4152
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. The 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, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / 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 Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Adobe Reader Violation.
Attack Information:  Adobe Reader PDF File NULL pointer dereference code execution (APSB12-16)

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