In October 2021, Adobe released a security update for vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. Among these vulnerabilities is an out-of-bounds read (CVE-2021-40729) that was discovered by Zscaler’s ThreatLabz. In this blog, we present our analysis of this vulnerability in the Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Solid Framework. Adobe uses the Solid Framework for the conversion of PDF files to Microsoft Office files. Foxit’s PDF Editor is also impacted by this vulnerability since it also uses the Solid Framework for the conversion of PDF files to other file formats.
CVE-2021-40729 is an out-of-bounds read vulnerability that could potentially lead to disclosure of sensitive memory. An attacker could leverage this vulnerability to bypass mitigations such as ASLR. Exploitation of this issue requires user interaction in that a victim must open a malicious PDF file.
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