CVE Vulnerabilities


Use After Free

Published: Jul 09, 2021 | Modified: May 12, 2022
CVSS 3.x
CVSS 2.x

A maliciously crafted PNG, PDF or DWF file in Autodesk Design Review 2018, 2017, 2013, 2012, 2011 can be used to attempt to free an object that has already been freed while parsing them. This vulnerability may be exploited by remote malicious actors to execute arbitrary code.


Referencing memory after it has been freed can cause a program to crash, use unexpected values, or execute code.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Design_review Autodesk 2013 2013
Design_review Autodesk 2012 2012
Design_review Autodesk 2011 2011
Design_review Autodesk 2017 2017
Design_review Autodesk 2018 2018
Design_review Autodesk 2018 2018
Design_review Autodesk 2018 2018

Extended Description

The use of previously-freed memory can have any number of adverse consequences, ranging from the corruption of valid data to the execution of arbitrary code, depending on the instantiation and timing of the flaw. The simplest way data corruption may occur involves the system’s reuse of the freed memory. Use-after-free errors have two common and sometimes overlapping causes:

In this scenario, the memory in question is allocated to another pointer validly at some point after it has been freed. The original pointer to the freed memory is used again and points to somewhere within the new allocation. As the data is changed, it corrupts the validly used memory; this induces undefined behavior in the process. If the newly allocated data happens to hold a class, in C++ for example, various function pointers may be scattered within the heap data. If one of these function pointers is overwritten with an address to valid shellcode, execution of arbitrary code can be achieved.

Potential Mitigations