Tool for creating booby-trapped PDFs made public
Posted on 12 June 2014.
Freelance security researcher Claes Spett has made available a tool he dubbed "PDF Exploit Generator," which allows penetration testers - but also malicious attackers - to create a booby-trapped PDF in a matter of minutes.

"The tool weaves existing exploits into PDFs, allowing attacks against Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 8.x prior to 8.2.1 and 9.x before 9.3.1," Darren Pauli explained. "Users can insert their own URL pointers into the program, which then spits out an exploited PDF."

The exploits used are old, and most - if not all - security solutions will detect them. Still, there are many users who don't use any, and they could be successfully targeted.

Spett has apparently created the tool while developing an exploit kit aimed to be used by penetration testers.

Users are advised to use the PDF Exploit Generator responsibly, but of course, nothing can prevents malicious attackers from using it, too.









Spotlight

101,000 US taxpayers affected by automated attack on IRS app

The IRS has revealed more details about an attack it suffered last month, mounted by unknown individuals with the aim to file fraudulent tax returns and funnel the returned money to their own bank accounts.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Wed, Feb 10th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2016 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //