Protect Yourself from Foxit Reader Vulnerabilities

CVSScvssV3_1: 8.8

Foxit Reader is a popular PDF reader software. Unfortunately, version of Foxit Reader is affected by a serious vulnerability.

The vulnerability is a type of memory corruption issue called a “use-after-free”. It happens when the software incorrectly accesses memory that has already been freed or deleted. In Foxit Reader, specially crafted 3D annotations in a PDF file can trigger this and allow hackers to execute arbitrary code on the user’s device.

Hackers could potentially create a malicious PDF file that exploits this vulnerability or embed the malicious code on a compromised website. If a user opens the file or visits the site with the Foxit Reader plugin enabled, it could allow the hacker to gain complete control of the computer.

The best way to protect yourself is to update to the latest version of Foxit Reader, which has addressed this vulnerability. You should also be cautious about opening files from untrusted or unknown sources. Be careful when clicking links or downloading attachments in emails as well. Using an up-to-date antivirus program can also help detect and block any exploits attempting to target this vulnerability.

Staying on top of software updates and practicing basic cyber safety habits are the best lines of defense against vulnerabilities like this. Let me know if you have any other questions!