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Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader for Solaris 10 May Allow Execution of Arbitrary Code or Cause Denial of Service (DoS) - Adobe Security Bulletin APSB09-15


Release Phase

Bug Id

Solaris 10 Operating System

Date of Workaround Release

Date of Resolved Release

Multiple Security Vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader for Solaris 10 May Allow Execution of Arbitrary Code or Cause Denial of Service (DoS) - Adobe Security Bulletin APSB09-15

1. Impact

Multiple security vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader versions 9.x before 9.1.4, 8.x before 8.1.7 and 7.x before 7.1.4 may allow remote unprivileged users to execute arbitrary code or crash the Adobe Reader application, thereby causing a Denial of Service (DoS) condition. These vulnerabilities may be exploited via specially crafted PDF files.

The following resources document these issues in more detail:

Adobe Security Bulletin APSB09-15 at
CVE-2009-2564 at
CVE-2009-2979 at
CVE-2009-2980 at
CVE-2009-2981 at
CVE-2009-2982 at
CVE-2009-2983 at
CVE-2009-2984 at
CVE-2009-2985 at
CVE-2009-2986 at
CVE-2009-2987 at
CVE-2009-2988 at
CVE-2009-2989 at
CVE-2009-2990 at
CVE-2009-2991 at
CVE-2009-2992 at
CVE-2009-2993 at
CVE-2009-2994 at
CVE-2009-2995 at
CVE-2009-2996 at
CVE-2009-2997 at
CVE-2009-2998 at
CVE-2009-3431 at
CVE-2009-3458 at
CVE-2009-3459 at
CVE-2009-3460 at
CVE-2009-3461 at
CVE-2009-3462 at
CVE-2007-0045 at
CVE-2007-0048 at

2. Contributing Factors

These issues can occur in the following release:

SPARC Platform
  • Solaris 10 without patch 121104-11

1. Solaris 8, Solaris 9, Solaris 10 on the x86 platform and OpenSolaris do not ship Adobe Reader and therefore are not affected by these issues.

2. All versions of Adobe Reader 9 prior to 9.2, Adobe Reader 8 prior to 8.1.7 and Adobe Reader 7 prior to 7.1.4 are affected by these issues.

To determine the version of Adobe Reader installed on the system, the following command can be run:
$ /usr/bin/acroread -version
Earlier versions of Adobe Reader on Solaris 10 only shipped acroread in /usr/sfw/bin which do not support the '-version' option, so for such instances, the following command can be used instead:
$ cat `pkgchk -l -P AcroVersion | awk '/Pathname/ { print $2 }'`
3. Symptoms

There are no predictable symptoms that would indicate these issues have been exploited to execute arbitrary code.

If the described issues have been exploited to cause a Denial of Service (DoS), the Adobe Reader application will crash, potentially leaving a core(4) file depending on the system configuration.

4. Workaround

To avoid the described issues, do not load PDF files from untrusted sources.

Until patches can be applied, the risk of some of these vulnerabilities can be mitigated by preventing PDF documents from being opened
automatically by the Web browser. In Firefox 2.0, this can be set by changing the default action for PDF documents with the following:

1. Open the Preferences dialog from the Edit menu
2. Select Contents tab.
3. Click on Manage button in  File Types block.
4. Select PDF in the list and click Change Action.
5. Select 'Save them on my computer' option and click OK.

Note that this workaround will reduce the risk of exploitation but will not prevent the issues from being exploited.

5. Resolution

SPARC Platform
  • Solaris 10 with patch 121104-11 or later
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Modification History
26-Oct-2009: Updated Impact for CVE Reference CVE-2009-2579
30-Nov-2009: Updated Contributing Factors and Resolution sections; now Resolved



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