New Security Hole in Adobe Reader and Acrobat Requires Update
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Adobe is warning that a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader could lead to someone creating a “malicious PDF” file, and when the unsuspecting user opens the PDF file with a vulnerable version of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, the software could crash, and leave the user’s system open to someone running malicious software on the user’s computer.

“If the vulnerability were successfully exploited, the application could crash with an increased risk of arbitrary code execution” said a warning on the Adobe website, adding that “This issue has been addressed and a product update is available to proactively mitigate potential malicious activity.”


Online security company Secunia has rated the flaw as critical.

This flaw affects all platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris, and users are advised to make sure that they have the most current version of Adobe Reader or Acrobat.

Astute readers will recall that nearly two months ago to the day Adobe issued another, similar security warning, however this week’s warning is for a new flaw, and readers who dutifully updated in June are not protected from this new threat.

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Users wishing to update their versions of Reader or Acrobat can do so at the Adobe website.

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2 thoughts on “New Security Hole in Adobe Reader and Acrobat Requires Update
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  1. Another excellent reason for anyone who doesn’t need all the bells and whistles to use a legacy version of Reader. Not only that, they have a much smaller footprint, load faster, and don’t bug you about updates. http://tinyurl.com/a9sbq

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