Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Adobe After Effects Memory Corruption Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a memory corruption vulnerability in Adobe After Effects.

After Effects is a digital visual effects, motion graphics, and compositing application. It's used in the post-production process of film making, video games and television production.

A memory corruption vulnerability has been discovered in After Effects by FortiGuard Labs. The vulnerability is caused by a crafted "AEPX" file which causes a Out-of-Bounds read. It could allow malicious users to create code execution scenarios.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Sep 24, 2020

Use the solution provided by Adobe.


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Adobe on June 30, 2020.

Adobe confirmed the vulnerability on September 23, 2020.

Adobe patched the vulnerability on October 20, 2020.


This vulnerability was discovered by Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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