Remote code execution in Adobe Photoshop

Published: 2021-09-15
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2021-40709
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Adobe Photoshop
Client/Desktop applications / Multimedia software

Vendor Adobe

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one high risk vulnerability.

1) Buffer overflow

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 7.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-40709

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error when processing Photoshop files. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted document, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

Adobe Photoshop: 21.0.1, 21.0.2, 21.1, 21.1.1, 21.2, 21.2.1, 21.2.2, 21.2.3, 21.2.4, 21.2.5, 21.2.6, 21.2.7, 21.2.8, 21.2.9, 21.2.10, 21.2.11, 22.1.0, 22.1.1, 22.2, 22.3, 22.3.1, 22.4, 22.4.1, 22.4.2, 22.4.3, 22.5

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.