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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Adobe PageMaker Vendors:   Adobe Systems Incorporated
Adobe PageMaker PMD File Stack Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021123
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-6432   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Oct 31 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 7.0.1, 7.0.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Adobe PageMaker. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted PMD file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a stack overflow in the parsing of PMD files and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

The vendor was notified on December 18, 2007.

An anonymous researcher reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a patch for 7.0.1 and 7.0.2, available at:

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 10.30.08: Adobe PageMaker Key Strings

iDefense Security Advisory 10.30.08
OCT 30, 2008


Adobe PageMaker is document layout application, and is commonly used for
desktop publishing. For more information see the vendor's website found
at the following address.


Remote exploitation of a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in Adobe
Systems Inc.'s PageMaker could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary
code with the privileges of the current user.

  A vulnerability exists within the handling of PMD files, the native
file format for storing PageMaker documents. When parsing a malformed
PMD file, data from the file is copied into a buffer without proper
validation. This results in an exploitable stack based buffer overflow.


Exploitation of this vulnerability could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user opening the file.
Exploitation would require that an attacker hosts a maliciously crafted
document on a website and entice users to visit the site. An attacker
could also e-mail the malicious document and use social engineering
techniques to trick the e-mail recipient into opening the document.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Adobe
PageMaker version 7.0.1 with the CVE-2007-5169 patch applied. Previous
versions may also be affected. However, Adobe InDesign CS, the
successor to PageMaker, is not affected.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.


Adobe categorizes this as a critical issue and recommends affected users
patch their installations, and avoid opening PageMaker files from
untrusted or unknown sources.

A patch is available from the vendor at


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-6432 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


12/18/2007  Initial vendor notification
12/19/2007  Initial vendor response
06/09/2008  Vendor follow-up
10/29/2008  Vendor releases patch.


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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