Published Feb 11, 2014|Updated Sep 15, 2017


Alert level: Severe Detected with Windows Defender Antivirus

Also detected as: Exploit.JS.Pdfka.gkz (Kaspersky) generic/Pdfjsc.DZ (Norman) PDF:Exploit.PDF-JS.AEV (BitDefender) JS/Pdfka.GKZ!exploit (Fortinet) JS.Pdfka (Ikarus) Suspicious-PDF.gen (McAfee)

Windows Defender detects and removes this threat.

Exploit:Win32/Pdfjsc.ALA is a specially created PDF file that exploits a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

The vulnerability, discussed in CVE-2010-0188, lets this file download and run other files, which might be other malware.

These versions of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are vulnerable to this exploit:

  • Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader version 8 earlier than 8.2.1
  • Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader version 9 earlier than 9.3.1


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