8654 : Adobe Acrobat UUEncode Shell Metacharacter Command Execution
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Disclosure Date
Time to Patch Time to Vendor Response
50 days 7 days


Acrobat Reader contains a flaw that may allow a malicious user to execute arbitrary commands. The issue is triggered when Acrobat Reader tries to convert uuencoded documents into their original format. When doing so it doesn't check for backtick shell metacharacter in the filename before executing a shell command when opened. By exploiting this flaw attacker could construct a file with a name that would execute arbitrary commands resulting in a loss of integrity.


Location: Remote / Network Access
Attack Type: Input Manipulation
Impact: Loss of Integrity
Exploit: Exploit Unknown
Disclosure: Vendor Verified


Upgrade to version Acrobat Reader (UNIX) 5.0.9 or higher, as it has been reported to fix this vulnerability. An upgrade is required as there are no known workarounds.


Adobe Systems Incorporated
Acrobat Reader
(UNIX) 5.0 6
(UNIX) 5.0 7


Tools & Filters

14266 14380


CVSSv2 Score

CVSSv2 Base Score = 10.0
Source: nvd.nist.gov | Generated: 2003-12-31 | Disagree?

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