Adobe Shockwave Player prior 6.0 memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Adobe Shockwave Player (Multimedia Player Software). It has been classified as critical. This affects an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. 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 or cause a denial of service (memory corruption) via a crafted .dir (aka Director) file, related to (1) an erroneous dereference and (2) a certain Shock.dir file.

The weakness was disclosed 05/13/2010 by LiquidWorm (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2010-1280. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available.

A public exploit has been developed by LiquidWorm in ANSI C and been published before and not just after the advisory. The exploit is shared for download at It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 46329 (Shockwave Player < Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB10-12)), 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 118031 (Adobe Shockwave Player Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (APSB10-12)).

Upgrading to version 6.0 eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (46329) and Exploit-DB (12578).







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: LiquidWorm
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Nessus ID: 46329
Nessus Name: Shockwave Player < Multiple Vulnerabilities (APSB10-12)
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OpenVAS ID: 801335
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Shockwave Player Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities May-10
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Upgrade: Shockwave Player 6.0
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Researcher: LiquidWorm
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2010-1280 (🔍)

Vulnerability Center: 25727 - [APSB10-12] Adobe Shockwave Player Remote Arbitrary Code Execution or DoS Vulnerability via a Crafted .dir File, Critical
SecurityFocus: 40081 - Adobe Shockwave Player DIR File Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 38751

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Created: 03/19/2015 12:22 PM
Updated: 09/13/2021 11:13 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 12:22 PM (65), 02/24/2017 10:15 AM (16), 09/13/2021 11:06 AM (4), 09/13/2021 11:13 AM (1)
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