I have this problem too and I can't resolve it. Perhaps someone can help. Here are some details:
I bought a new macbook pro (OS 10.9.2) and transferred CS4 applications across (how was I to know this was a dumb idea? Not easy to reinstall as no DVD drive on macbook)
Predictably none of them worked but after much frustration I got PS and AI working fine after copying a single folder across from my old mac (can't remember which folder).
InDesign quitted on startup though. No error message, just 'unexpectedly quit'.
So I reinstalled ID from the original disks using another computer as a removable drive.
On launching ID I now get the error mentioned by the original poster, i.e.:
AMT Subsystem Failure
This is not a helpful message.
As per instructions elsewhere I tried removing the FLEXnet Publisher folder in library/preferences but then PS and AI didn't work either so I swiftly put it back. I'm not prepared to hack around randomly with anything else in case PS and AI go belly up, and I have work to do.
All advice I find online is years old and doesn't work. I downloaded the 'Licence Recovery' app and my mac tells me it can't run powerPC software! Good grief.
Please can anyone help me?
CS4 is unsupported under Mavericks. You are on your own but you can try this.
First, uninstall the entire mess. Then run the cleaner tool: http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/cs5-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html
Then download the CS4 installers and try again: http://helpx.adobe.com/creative-suite/kb/cs4-product-downloads.html
Thanks for your help. In that case I'll give it a miss because I've got a hunch I'll be left with nothing at the end of it.
I understood that CS4 was supposed to work with Mavericks. Oh well.
I think one of the reasons people go for pirated software is that when they get infinitely frustrating problems like this, over which they have no control, as least they haven't lost any cash.