Security Bulletin for Adobe Acrobat and Reader | APSB19-02
Bulletin ID Date Published Priority
APSB19-02 January 03, 2019 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
Acrobat DC  Continuous 
2019.010.20064 and earlier versions 
Windows and macOS
Acrobat Reader DC Continuous
2019.010.20064 and earlier versions Windows and macOS
       
Acrobat 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30110 and earlier version Windows and macOS
Acrobat Reader 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30110 and earlier version Windows and macOS
       
Acrobat DC  Classic 2015 2015.006.30461 and earlier versions  Windows and macOS
Acrobat Reader DC  Classic 2015 2015.006.30461 and earlier versions  Windows and macOS

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.

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 2019.010.20069 Windows and macOS 2 Windows

macOS
Acrobat Reader DC Continuous 2019.010.20069
Windows and macOS 2 Windows

macOS
           
Acrobat 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30113 Windows and macOS 2 Windows

macOS
Acrobat Reader DC 2017 Classic 2017 2017.011.30113 Windows and macOS 2 Windows

macOS
           
Acrobat DC Classic 2015 2015.006.30464 Windows and macOS 2 Windows

macOS
Acrobat Reader DC Classic 2015 2015.006.30464 Windows and macOS 2 Windows

macOS

Vulnerability Details

Vulnerability Category Vulnerability Impact Severity CVE Number

Use After Free

Arbitrary Code Execution

 

Critical

 

CVE-2018-16011

Security Bypass Privilege Escalation Critical CVE-2018-16018

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:

  • Sebastian Apelt (@bitshifter123) via Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-16011)
  • Abdul Aziz Hariri via Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (CVE-2018-16018)

Revisions

January 3, 2019: CVE-2018-19725 has been replaced with CVE-2018-16018