Zero-day vulnerability in Adobe Reader

Heap-based buffer overflow

According to Symantec the first exploitation of the vulnerability was discovered on 2008-11-29.

Known malware:


Vulnerability details

Advisory: SB2010041303 - Multiple vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Vulnerable component: Adobe Reader

CVE-ID: CVE-2010-1241

CVSSv3 score: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:F/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 vulnerability exists due to boundary error in the custom heap management system in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted PDF file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger heap-based buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.

Note: this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.