Remote code execution in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader

Published: 2009-12-15 | Updated: 2016-12-19
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2009-4324
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Adobe Reader
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Adobe Acrobat
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Adobe

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Use-after-free error


Risk: Critical


CVE-ID: CVE-2009-4324

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: Yes


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The weakness exists due to use-after-free error in the method in Multimedia.api. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted .pdf file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.


Update Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat 8.1.7 or earlier to version 8.2.
Update Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat 9.2 or earlier to version 9.3.

Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Reader: 8.0 - 8.1.7, 9.0 - 9.2

Adobe Acrobat: 8.0 - 8.1.7, 9.0 - 9.2

CPE2.3 External links

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