Threat Description

Exploit: ​W32/AdobeReader.UZ


Category: Malware
Type: Exploit
Platform: W32
Aliases: Exploit.PDF-JS.Gen, Exploit.JS.Pdfka.atq


A program or technique that takes advantage of a vulnerability to remotely access or attack a program, computer or server.


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Technical Details

The detection Exploit:W32/AdobeReader.UZ identifies a malicious PDF document that attempts to exploit a known vulnerability in order to drop and run a malicious executable file on the system.

The exploit-code will not drop the executable if any of the following folders exist on the system:

  • C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Internet Security 2009
  • C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2009
  • C:\Program Files\Kingsoft

The vulnerability targeted lies in the Javascript method (CVE-2009-4324).


The executable file embedded in the PDF will be dropped to:

  • %temp%\AdobeUpdate.exe

The dropped file will then be executed and will attempt to download additional files on to the system.

We detect the drooped file as Trojan-Downloader:W32/Agent.MRL.


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