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Foxit Reader CPDF_Object Use-After-Free Remote Code Execution Vulnerability


Referencing memory after it has been freed can cause a program to crash, use unexpected values, or execute code

Vulnerability Description

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Foxit Reader. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the handling of CPDF_Object objects. The issue results from the lack of validating the existence of an object prior to performing operations on the object. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute code under the context of the current process.





  • Foxit Reader and prior
  • Foxit PhantomPDF and prior

Disclosure Timeline

  1. 19 January 2018 - Reported to vendor
  2. 20 April 2018 - Coordinated public release of advisory


Sudhakar Verma and Ashfaq Ansari - Project Srishti

Vendor Advisory