Adobe Tackles Risky Hole in PDF

Adobe Systems has issued updates to fix security flaws in its Reader and Acrobat software that Secunia rated as "highly critical". An attacker could remotely commandeer a computer via vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader, Acrobat Standard, Professional and Elements versions 7.0.8 and earlier. The flaw is not a huge problem as it does not affect the latest 8.0 version. According to Adobe, Adobe Acrobat 3D is also affected.

Outsiders could gain complete access to hard-disk drives via a malicious link that targets PDF files. Adobe recommends that Adobe Reader users upgrade to Reader 8 or alternatively install Tuesday's 7.0.9 version. Either way, a full installation is required as a patch is not available. Adobe noted that a full installation can be made available faster than a patch can.

News source: c|net's News.com

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