Adobe Acrobat Reader ANStartApproval Javascript API Restrictions Bypass Vulnerability

2015-07-14T00:00:00
ID ZDI-15-316
Type zdi
Reporter kernelsmith - HP Zero Day Initiative
Modified 2015-11-09T00:00:00

Description

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to bypass API restrictions on vulnerable installations of Adobe Reader. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the ANStartApproval method. By creating a specially crafted PDF with specific Javascript instructions, it is possible to bypass the Javascript API restrictions. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.