Check Point Advisories

Adobe Acrobat and Reader Use After Free (APSB16-33: CVE-2016-6946)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2016-0879
Date Published: 13 Oct 2016
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 9 Nov 2017
Source: Adobe Security Bulletin APSB16-33
Industry Reference:CVE-2016-6946
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R76, R75

Who is Vulnerable? Acrobat DC
Acrobat Reader DC
Acrobat XI
Reader XI
Vulnerability Description A use after free vulnerability exists in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. The vulnerability is due to an error in the way Adobe Acrobat and Reader handles objects in memory. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by enticing the user to open a specially crafted PDF file, potentially leading to to arbitrary code execution.
Update/Patch AvaliableApply patches from: APSB16-33

Protection Overview

This protection detects 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, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R76 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Adobe Acrobat and Reader Use After Free (APSB16-33: CVE-2016-6946) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Adobe Reader Violation.
Attack Information:  Adobe Acrobat and Reader Use After Free (APSB16-33: CVE-2016-6946)

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