Security Bulletin for Adobe Acrobat and Reader | APSB18-29
Bulletin ID Date Published Priority
APSB18-29 August 14, 2018 2

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and MacOS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities.  Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. 

Affected Versions

Product Track Affected Versions Platform Priority rating
Acrobat DC  Continuous
2018.011.20055 and earlier versions 
Windows and macOS 2
Acrobat Reader DC Continuous
2018.011.20055 and earlier versions 
Windows and macOS 2
         
Acrobat 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30096 and earlier versions Windows and macOS 2
Acrobat Reader 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30096 and earlier versions Windows and macOS 2
         
Acrobat DC  Classic 2015 2015.006.30434 and earlier versions
Windows and macOS 2
Acrobat Reader DC  Classic 2015 2015.006.30434 and earlier versions
Windows and macOS 2

For questions regarding Acrobat DC, please visit the Acrobat DC FAQ page

For questions regarding 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 macOS, 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 Track Updated Versions Platform Priority Rating Availability
Acrobat DC Continuous 2018.011.20058
Windows and macOS 2
Windows
macOS
Acrobat Reader DC Continuous 2018.011.20058
Windows and macOS 2
Windows
macOS
           
Acrobat 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30099 Windows and macOS 2
Windows
macOS
Acrobat Reader DC 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30099 Windows and macOS 2
Windows
macOS
           
Acrobat DC Classic 2015 2015.006.30448
Windows and macOS
2
Windows
macOS
Acrobat Reader DC Classic 2015 2015.006.30448 Windows and macOS 2
Windows
macOS

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
Out-of-bounds write 
Arbitrary Code Execution
Critical CVE-2018-12808
Untrusted pointer dereference  Arbitrary Code Execution Critical CVE-2018-12799

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:

  • Abdul Aziz Hariri of Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-12799)

  • Cybellum Technologies LTD (CVE-2018-12808)