Sunday, April 24, 2011

Adobe issues fix for Acrobat, Reader to block ongoing Flash attacks

Adobe Systems Inc. issued an update for users of its Reader and Acrobat products, fixing a serious Flash Player zero-day vulnerability that has been an active target of attackers.

Adobe issued a security update Thursday, repairing critical flaws that affect current versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat for Windows.
Attacks targeting the vulnerability have used specially crafted Flash files embedded in a Microsoft Word document or Excel spreadsheet and delivered them as an attachment. The flaw enables an attacker to execute malicious code and gain control of a victim’s machine.
Adobe addressed the vulnerability in its Flash Player earlier this month. The company is advising users of Mac OS X and Windows to use update utilities to acquire the patch.

Current Adobe Reader products for UNIX, Adobe reader for Android, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8 remain unaffected by this vulnerability.


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