1

I am downloading a PDF file, and would like to know how to diagnose security vulnerabilities in that file.

Context:

The last version of Google Chrome is giving me the following warning on a PDF download:

enter image description here

Trying to learn more about the alert brings me to this help page, which explains that the alert can be triggered by either

a malicious, unwanted, or uncommon file

or

the website you tried to download the file from has been known to distribute malware.

I would like to sort out which one it is, and am therefore looking for a way to scan the PDF file for potential vulnerabilities.

My guess is that any tool that indicates the existence of executable code in the file would do, but does such a tool exist?

Related: Can a PDF file contain a virus?

1

peepdf and pdf-parser.py from Didier Stevens. Various online malware scanners which support PDF is good to try either.

  • Thank you very much. And your third link includes @Jedi's link to VirusTotal. – Fr. Jan 10 '17 at 11:44
  • @Fr. Yes, VirustTotal is most well known in online malware scanners which anyone shouldn't forget to mention! – Pandora Jan 10 '17 at 11:46

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.