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acroread5 -- mailListIsPdf() buffer overflow vulnerability


An iDEFENSE Security Advisory reports:

Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow in version 5.09 of Adobe Acrobat Reader for Unix could allow for execution of arbitrary code.

The vulnerability specifically exists in a the function mailListIsPdf(). This function checks if the input file is an email message containing a PDF. It unsafely copies user supplied data using strcat into a fixed sized buffer.



portaudit: acroread5 -- mailListIsPdf() buffer overflow vulnerability

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Oliver Eikemeier <>