We are running a purple team which includes attempting to run a malicious PDF on the target system. The targeted user is well aware of the exercise so there is no concerns about an AV picking the payload up, or about prompts (the user can simply agree to them).
However, they have the latest version of Adobe Reader installed. It was my impression that there were ways to execute commands or files using PDF files, similar to how a macro can execute commands within Word or Excel.
However all of the information I have found online targets specific vulnerabilities within readers, rather than abusing legitimate built in functionality. Is it impossible to run arbitrary code using a PDF file without abusing any specific vulnerability?