Re: [Full-disclosure] 0-day PDF exploit

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Adobe has a work around (but doesn't seem to have a fix yet) for this
vulnerability (which they categorize as "critical"). They also state
(and testing seems to validate) that impact is limited to Windows XP
machines with IE 7.

Justin C. Klein Keane

Sr. Programmer Analyst and Information Security Specialist
University of Pennsylvania
School of Arts and Sciences Computing
3600 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

eric@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
Why everybody said it is a zero day about PDF? it's just a fault in
IE7, or just want to make a big media hit? real PDF zero day will
exists in the PDF's file format, or some Adobe's expanded functions.

Actually, it's about PDF *and* IE7. Both are at fault, and if either
one of them was doing the right thing, the exploit would fail.

The first fault is Adobe's. Because it's their code that first
acquires the input from the attacker, it's their job IMHO to validate
it properly, but they don't. Instead, they turn around and tell
Windows to open the bogus URI.

The second fault is IE7's. The protocol handler used to fail
gracefully by rejecting this kind of malformed URI, but now it
doesn't. The new behavior is to turn around and call ShellExecute()
with data taken from the URI.

I prefer to think of it this way: Adobe's code has been doing the
wrong thing for years, and they've gotten lucky. But now, a new bug
in IE7 has come along which makes the old bug in Adobe's code

- Eric

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