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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20101103

Adobe Shockwave Settings Remote Code Execution

Date Disclosed:

Date Patched:


Affected Software:
Adobe Shockwave Player 11.x

Adobe Shockwave Player contains a vulnerability that is caused by misallocated memory in a compatibility component of the player. Successful exploitation of the vulnerability requires tricking the user into opening the Shockwave Settings window when viewing a malicious webpage with Shockwave content. After the user has been tricked, the attacker may remotely execute code in the context of the user.


Code Execution:

Remote Code Execution under current user's privileges.
This client-side issue may be exploited by an attacker by tricking a user to open the Settings window within the Shockwave player while the user is on a website with malicious Shockwave content. Once the user is tricked, the attacker may remotely execute code and possibly gain complete control of the target machine.

Do not open the Shockwave Settings window while viewing Shockwave content.


  • eEye's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.
    • Retina Audit 13711 - Adobe Shockwave Player Settings Window (Zero-Day) - Windows
    • Retina Audit 13712 - Adobe Shockwave Player Settings Window (Zero-Day) - Mac OS X



  • 11.3.2010 - Public Information Released
  • 2.8.2011 - Vendor Patch Available

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