Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Adobe Reader, Acrobat Vulnerable To Attack

Adobe Reader and Acrobat are vulnerable to hacker attacks that can compromise a computer. Symantec says the problem is an error in parsing structures within the PDF format that can allow a malicious binary to be executed. Adobe said the vulnerability is critical and recommends updating virus definitions. Adobe updates will arrive in March.

Security companies are warning of a vulnerability in two Adobe programs that could allow hackers to compromise your PC. Attackers are actively exploiting the flaw, although security researchers say the onslaught isn't yet widespread. Versions 9 and 8.x of Adobe Reader and Acrobat are affected. 
According to Adobe, this vulnerability would cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe categorizes this as a critical issue and recommends that users update their virus definitions and exercise caution when opening files from untrusted sources.

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