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[Full-disclosure] EEYE: Adobe Download Manager AOM Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
From: eEye Advisories (Advisorieseeye.com)
Date: Tue Dec 05 2006 - 19:28:36 CST
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Adobe Download Manager AOM Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
December 5, 2006
November 10, 2006
High (Code Execution)
Adobe Download Manager 2.1.x and earlier
eEye Digital Security has discovered a stack buffer overflow in Adobe
Download Manager, a utility typically installed for the purpose of
downloading Adobe software such as Adobe (Acrobat) Reader. By opening a
malicious AOM file, a user's system may be compromised by arbitrary code
within the file, which executes with the privileges of that user.
A web-based attack conducted through Internet Explorer may succeed
without the use of ActiveX or scripting, and without any additional user
interaction other than viewing a web page, if the web server indicates a
Content-Type of "application/aom" when serving up the malicious AOM
file. In such a case, an ".aom" file extension is not required.
AdobeDownloadManager.exe is responsible for extracting download
instructions from AOM files, which are essentially XML with an appended
CRC32 in decimal, and committing the instructions to the file
"%APPDATA%\dm.ini" for later processing. For instance, opening the
following AOM file:
Will generate the following lines in "dm.ini":
When launched, whether or not it is supplied with an AOM file,
AdobeDownloadManager.exe reads the entries from "dm.ini" and handles
each described download according to its properties. It begins by
reading a list of section names into a 400h-byte buffer using
GetPrivateProfileStringA, then copies each section name into a 108h-byte
stack buffer using strncpy with a length limit equal to the length of
the section name string. The result is a relatively straightforward
stack buffer overflow, with the only complication being the character
It should be possible to uninstall Adobe Download Manager, or at least
unassociate the AOM file extension and "application/aom" Content-Type in
the registry, to defend against this vulnerability. Hopefully users who
have been forced to install Adobe Download Manager realized its
superfluousness and have already uninstalled it.
Retina - Network Security Scanner has been updated to identify this
Blink - Unified Client Security has proactively protected from this
vulnerability since its discovery.
Adobe has released a patch for this vulnerability which is available at
The vendor bulletin is available at:
Retina - Network Security Scanner - Free Trial:
Blink - Unified Client Security Personal - Free For Home Use:
Blink - Unified Client Security Professional - Free Trial:
Spooky action at a distance. Whoever else found that kernel race
condition. Runner-up: Automatically Downloads Malware. (Thanks
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