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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC - Heap-Based Memory Corruption due to Malformed TTF Font



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We have observed the following access violation exception in the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for Windows, when opening a malformed PDF file:

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First chance exceptions are reported before any exception handling.
This exception may be expected and handled.
eax=707779e0 ebx=25876c38 ecx=052faab8 edx=707703a4 esi=707703d4 edi=25876e34
eip=10e6c29e esp=052fa89c ebp=052fa8a4 iopl=0         nv up ei pl nz ac po nc
cs=0023  ss=002b  ds=002b  es=002b  fs=0053  gs=002b             efl=00210212
10e6c29e 8902            mov     dword ptr [edx],eax  ds:002b:707703a4=31a03194

0:000> u @eip-14
10e6c28a 8b7d0c          mov     edi,dword ptr [ebp+0Ch]
10e6c28d 8b571c          mov     edx,dword ptr [edi+1Ch]
10e6c290 8b7720          mov     esi,dword ptr [edi+20h]
10e6c293 035508          add     edx,dword ptr [ebp+8]
10e6c296 8b4724          mov     eax,dword ptr [edi+24h]
10e6c299 037508          add     esi,dword ptr [ebp+8]
10e6c29c 03c6            add     eax,esi
10e6c29e 8902            mov     dword ptr [edx],eax

0:000> ? poi(edi+1c)
Evaluate expression: -690332 = fff57764

0:000> ? poi(ebp+8)
Evaluate expression: 1887538240 = 70818c40

0:000> !heap -p -a 70818c40
    address 70818c40 found in
    _DPH_HEAP_ROOT @ bfc1000
    in busy allocation (  DPH_HEAP_BLOCK:         UserAddr         UserSize -         VirtAddr         VirtSize)
                                723d3b94:         70818c40            173c0 -         70818000            19000
    0f32a8d0 verifier!AVrfDebugPageHeapAllocate+0x00000240
    77f24b26 ntdll!RtlDebugAllocateHeap+0x0000003c
    77e7e3e6 ntdll!RtlpAllocateHeap+0x000000f6
    77e7cfb7 ntdll!RtlpAllocateHeapInternal+0x000002b7
    77e7ccee ntdll!RtlAllocateHeap+0x0000003e
    0f48aa2f vrfcore!VfCoreRtlAllocateHeap+0x0000001f
    77c2f1f6 ucrtbase!_malloc_base+0x00000026
    5fbefc39 AcroRd32!AcroWinMainSandbox+0x00003ec9
    10e37991 CoolType!CTInit+0x00004831
    10e38e1b CoolType!CTInit+0x00005cbb
    10e68870 CoolType!CTInit+0x00035710
    10e683dc CoolType!CTInit+0x0003527c
    10e67d25 CoolType!CTInit+0x00034bc5
    10e65902 CoolType!CTInit+0x000327a2
    10e633f2 CoolType!CTInit+0x00030292
    10e62719 CoolType!CTInit+0x0002f5b9
    10e620e8 CoolType!CTInit+0x0002ef88
    10e62000 CoolType!CTInit+0x0002eea0
    108f36f1 AGM!AGMInitialize+0x0002a881

0:000> kb
 # ChildEBP RetAddr  Args to Child              
WARNING: Stack unwind information not available. Following frames may be wrong.
00 052fa8a4 10e6bde2 70818c40 25876e34 70818c40 CoolType!CTInit+0x3913e
01 052fa918 10e6bd06 052faab4 052fa9e4 00000001 CoolType!CTInit+0x38c82
02 052fa930 10e6bce7 052faab4 052fa9e4 73330f68 CoolType!CTInit+0x38ba6
03 052fa944 10e6bb4f 052faab4 052fa9e4 73330f68 CoolType!CTInit+0x38b87
04 052fa968 10e6b8b0 052facd8 73330f68 110f7080 CoolType!CTInit+0x389ef
05 052fab08 10e6abf9 73330f68 110f7080 052facd8 CoolType!CTInit+0x38750
06 052fad64 10e65b0c 052fb054 052faddc 00000000 CoolType!CTInit+0x37a99
07 052fb07c 10e633f2 000007c6 00000000 00000000 CoolType!CTInit+0x329ac
08 052fb14c 10e62719 65babff0 00000001 052fb1dc CoolType!CTInit+0x30292
09 052fb964 10e620e8 6aa0a9b4 052fb97c 6aa0a990 CoolType!CTInit+0x2f5b9
0a 052fb9e4 10e62000 6aa0a9b4 6aa0a99c 73fdc4da CoolType!CTInit+0x2ef88
0b 052fba24 108f36f1 7155bd90 6aa0a9b4 6aa0a99c CoolType!CTInit+0x2eea0
0c 052fba38 108e023e 6aa0a99c 108e01d0 331cbd80 AGM!AGMInitialize+0x2a881
0d 052fba4c 108df007 331cbd8c 10d84a18 00000001 AGM!AGMInitialize+0x173ce
0e 052fba84 108f0bcc c1574612 1733a7d0 00000000 AGM!AGMInitialize+0x16197
0f 052fbb4c 0f327c7a 0bfc16cc 052fbb78 0f3291ab AGM!AGMInitialize+0x27d5c
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- The crash looks very similar to the one reported in Issue #1891 in June 2019, and fixed in August 2019 as CVE-2019-8042. The stack trace and context are nearly identical. It is possible that this is an unfixed variant of the previous vulnerability.

- Reproduces on Adobe Acrobat Reader DC (2019.012.20040) on Windows 10, with and without PageHeap enabled (more cleanly with PageHeap, though).

- The crash occurs immediately after opening the PDF document, and is caused by an attempt to write data at a negative offset relative to a heap allocation (-690332 in the above case).

- Attached samples: poc[1-4].pdf (crashing files).

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