Adobe Reader and Acrobat 'newplayer()' JavaScript Method Remote Code Execution Vulnerability



Date Discovered

December 14, 2009


Adobe Reader and Acrobat are prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions. This issue affects Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and prior versions.

Technologies Affected

  • Adobe Acrobat 6.0.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 7.0.9
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.4
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.6
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 8.1.7
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.1.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 9.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.0
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.4
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.6
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 8.1.7
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.1
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.1.2
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.1.3
  • Adobe Acrobat Standard 9.2
  • Adobe Reader 6.0.1
  • Adobe Reader 7.0.9
  • Adobe Reader 8.0
  • Adobe Reader 8.1
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.1
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.2
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.3
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.4
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.5
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.6
  • Adobe Reader 8.1.7
  • Adobe Reader 9
  • Adobe Reader 9.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.1
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.2
  • Adobe Reader 9.1.3
  • Adobe Reader 9.2
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Redhat Desktop Extras 3
  • Redhat Desktop Extras 4
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux AS Extras 3
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux AS Extras 4
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Desktop Supplementary 5 Client
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux ES Extras 3
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux ES Extras 4
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Extras 3
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Extras 4
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux Supplementary 5 Server
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux WS Extras 3
  • Redhat Enterprise Linux WS Extras 4
  • SuSE SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP2
  • SuSE SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 SP3
  • SuSE Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • SuSE openSUSE 11.0
  • SuSE openSUSE 11.1
  • SuSE openSUSE 11.2


Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, run the application with the minimal amount of privileges required for functionality.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity including unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
To reduce the likelihood of attacks, never visit sites of questionable integrity or follow links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.

Updates are available. Please see the references for more information.



This issue was discovered in the wild.

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