ID CVE-2008-2950
Summary The Page destructor in in libpoppler in Poppler 0.8.4 and earlier deletes a pageWidgets object even if it is not initialized by a Page constructor, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted PDF document.
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:poppler:poppler:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
Base: 7.5 (as of 11-10-2018 - 20:45)
  • Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files, when the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high. The attack can be directed at a client system, such as causing buffer overrun through loading seemingly benign image files, as in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 where specially crafted JPEG files could cause a buffer overrun once loaded into the browser. Another example targets clients reading pdf files. In this case the attacker simply appends javascript to the end of a legitimate url for a pdf ( http://path/to/pdf/file.pdf#whatever_name_you_want=javascript:your_code_here The client assumes that they are reading a pdf, but the attacker has modified the resource and loaded executable javascript into the client's browser process. The attack can also target server processes. The attacker edits the resource or configuration file, for example a web.xml file used to configure security permissions for a J2EE app server, adding role name "public" grants all users with the public role the ability to use the administration functionality. The server trusts its configuration file to be correct, but when they are manipulated, the attacker gains full control.
  • Manipulating User-Controlled Variables
    This attack targets user controlled variables (DEBUG=1, PHP Globals, and So Forth). An attacker can override environment variables leveraging user-supplied, untrusted query variables directly used on the application server without any data sanitization. In extreme cases, the attacker can change variables controlling the business logic of the application. For instance, in languages like PHP, a number of poorly set default configurations may allow the user to override variables.
cvss-vector via4 AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P
refmap via4
bid 30107
  • 20080707 [oCERT-2008-007] libpoppler uninitialized pointer
  • 20080709 rPSA-2008-0223-1 poppler
exploit-db 6032
fedora FEDORA-2008-7104
gentoo GLSA-200807-04
mandriva MDVSA-2008:146
sectrack 1020435
  • 30963
  • 31002
  • 31167
  • 31267
  • 31405
sreason 3977
suse SUSE-SR:2008:015
ubuntu USN-631-1
vupen ADV-2008-2024
xf poppler-page-destructor-code-execution(43619)
statements via4
contributor Mark J Cox
lastmodified 2008-07-08
organization Red Hat
statement Not vulnerable. This issue did not affect the versions of poppler as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, or other PDF parsing applications derived from the xpdf code as shipped in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, or 5.
Last major update 11-10-2018 - 20:45
Published 07-07-2008 - 23:41
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