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Adobe Shockwave DEMX Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

TPTI-11-14: December 1st, 2011


Affected Vendors


Affected Products

    Shockwave Player

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of the Adobe Shockwave Player. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the DEMX chunk inside Adobe's RIFF-based Director file format. The code within the IML32.dll does not properly parse file data. This can lead to memory corruption which can be leveraged to execute arbitrary code under the context of the user running the browser.

Vendor Response

Adobe has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2011-04-20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2011-12-01 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by: