Security updates available for Adobe Acrobat and Reader | APSB18-02
Bulletin ID Date Published Priority
APSB18-02 February 13, 2018 2

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. 

Affected Versions

Product Affected Versions Platform
Acrobat DC (Continuous Track) 2018.009.20050 and earlier versions 
Windows and Macintosh
Acrobat Reader DC (Continuous Track) 2018.009.20050 and earlier versions 
Windows and Macintosh
     
Acrobat 2017 2017.011.30070 and earlier versions Windows and Macintosh
Acrobat Reader 2017 2017.011.30070 and earlier versions Windows and Macintosh
     
Acrobat DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30394 and earlier versions
Windows and Macintosh
Acrobat Reader DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30394 and earlier versions
Windows and Macintosh

For more information on Acrobat DC, please visit the Acrobat DC FAQ page.

For more information on Acrobat Reader DC, please visit the Acrobat Reader DC FAQ page.

Solution

Adobe recommends users update their software installations to the latest versions by following the instructions below.
The latest product versions are available to end users via one of the following methods:

  • Users can update their product installations manually by choosing Help > Check for Updates.
  • The products will update automatically, without requiring user intervention, when updates are
    detected.
  • The full Acrobat Reader installer can be downloaded from the Acrobat Reader Download Center.

For IT administrators (managed environments):

  • Download the enterprise installers from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/, or refer to the specific release note version for links to installers.
  • Install updates via your preferred methodology, such as AIP-GPO, bootstrapper, SCUP/SCCM
    (Windows), or on Macintosh, Apple Remote Desktop and SSH.

Adobe categorizes these updates with the following priority ratings and recommends users update their installation to the newest version:

Product Updated Versions Platform Priority Rating Availability
Acrobat DC (Continuous Track) 2018.011.20035
Windows and Macintosh 2 Windows
Macintosh
Acrobat Reader DC (Continuous Track) 2018.011.20035
Windows and Macintosh 2 Download Center
         
Acrobat 2017 2017.011.30078 Windows and Macintosh 2 Windows
Macintosh
Acrobat Reader 2017 2017.011.30078 Windows and Macintosh 2 Windows
Macintosh
         
Acrobat DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30413
Windows
2 Windows
Acrobat DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30416 Macintosh 2 Macintosh
Acrobat Reader DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30413
Windows 2 Download Center
Acrobat Reader DC (Classic Track) 2015.006.30416 Macintosh 2 Download Center

Note:

As noted in this previous announcement, support for Adobe Acrobat 11.x and Adobe Reader 11.x ended on October 15, 2017.  Version 11.0.23 is the final release for Adobe Acrobat 11.x and Adobe Reader 11.x.  Adobe strongly recommends that you update to the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. By updating installations to the latest versions, you benefit from the latest functional enhancements and improved security measures.

Vulnerability Details

Vulnerability Category Vulnerability Impact Severity CVE Number
Security Mitigation Bypass
Privilege Escalation
Critical CVE-2018-4872
Heap Overflow
Arbitrary Code Execution
Critical

CVE-2018-4890, CVE-2018-4904, CVE-2018-4910, CVE-2018-4917 

Use-after-free 
Arbitrary Code Execution
Critical CVE-2018-4888, CVE-2018-4892, CVE-2018-4902, CVE-2018-4911, CVE-2018-4913 
Out-of-bounds write 
Arbitrary Code Execution
Critical CVE-2018-4879, CVE-2018-4895, CVE-2018-4898, CVE-2018-4901, CVE-2018-4915, CVE-2018-4916, CVE-2018-4918 
Out-of-bounds read
Remote Code Execution Important CVE-2018-4880, CVE-2018-4881, CVE-2018-4882, CVE-2018-4883, CVE-2018-4884, CVE-2018-4885, CVE-2018-4886, CVE-2018-4887, CVE-2018-4889, CVE-2018-4891, CVE-2018-4893, CVE-2018-4894, CVE-2018-4896, CVE-2018-4897, CVE-2018-4899, CVE-2018-4900, CVE-2018-4903, CVE-2018-4905, CVE-2018-4906, CVE-2018-4907, CVE-2018-4908, CVE-2018-4909, CVE-2018-4912, CVE-2018-4914 

Acknowledgements

Adobe would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for reporting the
relevant issues and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers:

  • Aleksandar Nikolic of Cisco Talos (CVE-2018-4901) 
  • Anonymously reported via Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4915, CVE-2018-4913, CVE-2018-4911, CVE-2018-4910) 
  • Gal De Leon (CVE-2018-4900) 
  • Jaanus Kp Clarified Security working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4892, CVE-2018-4882) 
  • Ke Liu of Tencent's Xuanwu LAB working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4905, CVE-2018-4904, CVE-2018-4891, CVE-2018-4890, CVE-2018-4889, CVE-2018-4887, CVE-2018-4886, CVE-2018-4885, CVE-2018-4883, CVE-2018-4884) 
  • Ke Liu of Tencent's Xuanwu LAB working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative and willJ of Tencent PC Manager working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4903) 
  • Ke Liu of Tencent's Xuanwu Lab (CVE-2018-4906, CVE-2018-4917, CVE-2018-4918) 
  • Lin Wang of Beihang University (CVE-2018-4879, CVE-2018-4899, CVE-2018-4896, CVE-2018-4895, CVE-2018-4893) 
  • Lin Wang of Beihang University and willJ of Tencent PC Manager working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4898) 
  • Lin Wang of Beihang University and Steven Seeley of Source Incite working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4894) 
  • riusksk of Tencent Security Platform Department working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4916, CVE-2018-4881, CVE-2018-4880) 
  • riusksk of Tencent Security Platform Department (CVE-2018-4908) 
  • Sebastian Apelt siberas working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4888) 
  • willJ of Tencent PC Manager (CVE-2018-4907) 
  • willJ of Tencent PC Manager working with Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-4897, CVE-2018-4914, CVE-2018-4912, CVE-2018-4909) 
  • XuPeng and HuangZheng of the Baidu Security Lab (CVE-2018-4902) 

Revisions

February 14, 2018: Updated the acknowledgments table.