Exploit:W32/PDF-Dropper.Gen is a generic detection for a malicious PDF file that exploits a known vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat Reader to drop a trojan onto the affected machine. This detection is associated with a spam run reported on June 8, 2010.
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More details about the spam run are available from our Labs Weblog post.
The malicious PDF document is distributed as an file attachment to an email message that has the following characteristics:
From: [random addresses] To:[random recipients] Subject: New Resume>>Please review my CV, Thank You!>> Attachment:resume.pdf
If the unsuspecting user opens the PDF attachment, the exploit is executed.
On execution, the exploit drops a variant from the Alureon or Trojan:W32/DNSChanger malware families.
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