Adobe PhotoShop up to 12.0 dwmapi.dll memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Adobe PhotoShop up to 12.0 (Image Processing Software). It has been declared as very critical. Affected by this vulnerability is some unknown functionality in the library dwmapi.dll. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. The software 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Untrusted search path vulnerability in Adobe PhotoShop CS2 through CS5 allows local users, and possibly remote attackers, to execute arbitrary code and conduct DLL hijacking attacks via a Trojan horse dwmapi.dll or Wintab32.dll that is located in the same folder as a PSD or other file that is processed by PhotoShop. NOTE: some of these details are obtained from third party information.

The weakness was released 08/25/2010 with Adobe (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2010-3127 since 08/26/2010. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. Technical details and also a public exploit are known. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 09/24/2021).

A public exploit has been developed by storm and been published immediately after the advisory. It is possible to download the exploit at It is declared as proof-of-concept. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 51189 (Adobe Photoshop CS5 < 12.0.2 (APSB10-30)), 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 371134 (Adobe PhotoShop Untrusted search path vulnerability).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Vulnerability Center (SBV-27066), Tenable (51189) and Exploit-DB (14741).






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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
Author: storm
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Nessus ID: 51189
Nessus Name: Adobe Photoshop CS5 < 12.0.2 (APSB10-30)
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OpenVAS ID: 901147
OpenVAS Name: Adobe Photoshop Insecure Library Loading Vulnerability
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Organization: Adobe
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2010-3127 (🔍)

Vulnerability Center: 27066 - [APSB10-30] Adobe Photoshop CS4 and CS5 Allows Remote Arbitrary Code Execution When Loading \x27dwmapi.dll\x27 File, Medium
SecurityFocus: 45359 - Adobe Photoshop Multiple Unspecified Security Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 41060 - Adobe Photoshop Insecure Library Loading Vulnerability, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 67545 - Adobe Photoshop Path Subversion Arbitrary DLL Injection Code Execution
Vupen: ADV-2010-2170

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Created: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM
Updated: 09/24/2021 12:53 AM
Changes: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM (66), 03/04/2017 02:45 PM (20), 09/24/2021 12:53 AM (2)
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