Adobe Shockwave Player prior 6.0 code injection

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, was found in Adobe Shockwave Player (Multimedia Player Software). This affects an unknown code. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a code injection vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-94. The product constructs all or part of a code segment using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the syntax or behavior of the intended code segment. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Adobe Shockwave Player before allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via crafted Shockwave content on a web site, related to an "invalid pointer vulnerability," a different issue than CVE-2009-3464. NOTE: some of these details are obtained from third party information.

The weakness was released 11/04/2009 by Nicolas Joly with VUPEN Security (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2009-3465. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 08/25/2021). The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1059 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 42369 (Shockwave Player <= Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB09-16)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 116674 (Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service Vulnerabilities (APSB09-16)).

Upgrading to version 6.0 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (54120), Tenable (42369), SecurityFocus (BID 36905†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-23955†).







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Class: Code injection
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 42369
Nessus Name: Shockwave Player <= Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB09-16)
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OpenVAS ID: 800971
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Shockwave Player 6.0
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09/29/2009 🔍
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Researcher: Nicolas Joly
Organization: VUPEN Security
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CVE: CVE-2009-3465 (🔍)

X-Force: 54120
SecurityFocus: 36905 - Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service Vulnerabilities
Vulnerability Center: 23955 - [APSB09-16] Adobe Shockwave Player < Invalid Pointer Vulnerability, Medium


Created: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM
Updated: 08/25/2021 07:14 AM
Changes: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM (63), 02/16/2017 10:15 AM (10), 08/25/2021 07:00 AM (4), 08/25/2021 07:14 AM (1)
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