Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

Summary: The company will patch vulnerabilities that expose Windows and Mac OS X users to code execution attacks via rigged PDF files.

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Adobe will join Microsoft's Patch Tuesday train this month with plans to fix critical security vulnerabilities in the Adobe PDF Reader and Adobe Acrobat software products.

The vulnerabilities, which expose users to code execution attacks via rigged PDF files, affect both Windows and Mac OS X users.

Software versions affected by the vulnerabilities in this patch batch include:

  • Adobe Reader X (10.0.1) and earlier versions for Windows
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  • Adobe Reader X (10.0.3) and earlier versions for Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.3 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.0.3) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.3 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh

Adobe describes a critical security issue as a vulnerability that could be exploited to allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware.

Topics: Apple, Enterprise Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

    No mention of Adobe reader 9.4.2 for Linux! If wonder if that means it is safe or an oversight on the part of someone! Guess I wait till Tuesday and see if there s an update available.
    leopards
    • It's safe

      Besides, who'd use crap from Adobe when there are tons of alternatives out there.
      ScorpioBlue
  • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

    I Run AcroCrap under Microsoft EMET with max security settings
    shellcodes_coder
  • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

    I run Sumatra PDF which starts almost instantly. The people at Sumatra do not assume that I have nothing better to do than restart my machine because they have come up with a newer version. No background tasks using my machine when I am not even running it either. It won't make the morning coffee, but it does everything I require of a PFD reader.
    GKSeifert
  • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

    How long will it be, seriously, before Windows, MacOS and the rest have a native PDF reader? It should have happened by now.
    The One True Fnerd
    • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

      @behindthe8ball
      Os X has had a really nice, lightweight PDF readers since forever. It's called Preview. It also does some light photo preview and editing, and some other chores. I never have to use reader on a Mac.
      ponter
    • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

      @behindthe8ball I'm part of the "rest" with openSUSE Linux, and the KDE desktop environment installs with Okular as a default PDF reader - it also displays Postscript, DjVu, CHM, XPS, ePub and other formats, allows annotating and highlighting and also automatically bookmarks your location in every PDF file you view (which I love). It was one of the pleasant surprises when I switched to Linux 11 months ago. Having an archiver, flash and java out-of-the-box was nice, too. :-)
      jgm2
  • errrrr

    You have to wonder. Unless you are picking up PDFs from questionable web sites [or dumb enough to get a scam email], I suspect getting any of these vulnerabilities are unlikely.
    Gis Bun
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    HackerJ
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      ScorpioBlue
      • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

        @ScorpioBlue

        I use windows and i am not a moron and i have to use acrobat reader for school.... and losedoze really?
        sure your not just a freaking troll?
        Viper589
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        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

        @ScorpioBlue Hey mate, I think the Army needs your services over in Afghanistan. Get yourself down the Recruiting Office first thing tomorrow morning - 0800. They are desperate for more Snipers...!
        Up2Stokes
      • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

        Wow @Knix96, I didn't know you were one of those.

        lol... :D
        blind obedience
      • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

        @Up2Stokes

        Woah buddy, time for you to do some down-strokes first.

        lol... :D
        blind obedience
    • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

      @HackerJ

      Quite a few people who still need a .pdf plugin to view things online, which NitroPDF doesn't come up and Foxit's plugin is crashy.
      Lerianis10
      • RE: Adobe readies 'critical' PDF Reader Patch Tuesday

        @Lerianis10

        So the choice is "crashy" Foxit or security hole Adobe?

        According to what you just said, it doesn't sound promising either way...
        ScorpioBlue
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        Up2Stokes