Zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader

Stack-based buffer overflow

The vendor was notified of this vulnerability on 10/10/2007, however the patched was issued only 7 month later.

Known malware:

Exploit kits: Impact, Incognito, Phoenix, Siberia, Styx.

Vulnerability details

Advisory: SB2008020701 - Multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat

Vulnerable component: Adobe Reader

CVE-ID: CVE-2007-5659

CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:H/RL:O/RC:C

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The weakness exists due to a boundary error within Javascript method. A remote attacker can create a specially .pdf file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger stack-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.

Public Exploits: