Threat Center Security News Adobe fixes critical issues on Acrobat and Reader
Adobe fixes critical issues on Acrobat and Reader Print E-mail
Written by Rebecca Mints   
Monday, 16 March 2009 01:31
 Responding to issues which it has rated as “critical”, software-maker Adobe has released updates on Tuesday for Acrobat and Reader intended to patch its security vulnerabilities.

In late February, Adobe sounded alarms over the discovery of a severe security hole in Acrobat 9 and Reader 9 and its earlier versions which it said “would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.”

“This issue is remotely exploitable. There are reports that this issue is being exploited,” stated the security advisory recently released by Adobe.

Users of Reader and Acrobat 9 are advised to get the 9.1 version of the software made available on Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team blog.

Adobe also said they are in contact with anti-virus and security vendors like McAfee, Symantec and others to immediately fix the hole. “This is to ensure the security of our mutual customers,” explained Adobe.

While a patch for lower versions of Acrobat and Reader with the vulnerability has not been released, users are advised to get more information from anti-virus and security vendors also available on the Adobe security blog. However, Adobe will make availabe updates for Adobe Reader 7 and 8, and Acrobat 7 and 8 by Wednesday.


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