Blackberry users affected by Acrobat Distiller flaw


Blackberry users affected by Acrobat Distiller flaw

Cliff Saran

Research in Motion has issued a patch to fix a security hole for its Blackberry Enterprise server that affects Acrobat Distiller.

In a posting on its website Rim said that a security vulnerability exists in the PDF distiller of some versions of the Blackberry Attachment Service.

"This vulnerability could enable a malicious individual to send an e-mail message containing a specially crafted PDF file which, when opened for viewing on a Blackberry smartphone, could cause memory corruption and possibly lead to arbitrary code execution on the computer that the Blackberry Attachment Service runs on," Rim said.

For administrators who do not want to apply the patch yet, Rim has recommended disabling the PDF format by editing the list of file format extensions that the Blackberry Attachment Service opens, and then preventing the PDF attachment distiller from running on the Blackberry Attachment Service.

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