Fortinet Discovers Adobe Illustrator NULL Pointer Dereference Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a null pointer dereference vulnerability in Adobe Illustrator.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics editor developed and published by Adobe Systems for macOS and Windows.

A denial-of-service vulnerability has been discovered in Illustrator by FortiGuard Labs. The vulnerability is caused by a flaw in parsing a crafted "CDR" file which causes a null pointer dereference. It could lead to application denial-of-service.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Dec 13, 2021

Users should apply the solution provided by Adobe.


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Adobe on October 18, 2021.

Adobe confirmed the vulnerability on October 20, 2021.

Adobe patched the vulnerability on February 8, 2022.


This vulnerability was discovered by Yonghui Han of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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