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Adobe Releases Massive Patch Bundle For Acrobat Applications

After Microsoft, Adobe Systems has released on Tuesday, a number of security patches plugging as many as 28 security holes in its Adobe Reader and Acrobat applications, including a critical vulnerability that has reportedly already been exploited the wild with limited attacks.

The security patch rolled out on Tuesday is applicable to all versions of Windows, Mac, and UNIX operating systems.

According to the Adobe security bulletin, security flaws in both Acrobat and Reader applications could result in both crashing, potentially enabling an attacker to execute code on the affected computer remotely followed by a complete takeover of the system’s resources.

The software maker had already released a security advisory back on Friday, warning users about the serious security vulnerabilities in latest iterations of its Acrobat and Reader applications.

Applications that are vulnerable involve version 9.1.3 of both Acrobat and Reader; Acrobat 8.1.6 for Windows, Mac OS X, and UNIX; and version 7.1.3 of Acrobat and Reader for Windows and Mac.

In related news, the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat and Reader, 8.1.7 and 9.2, have been launched with a new beta updater functionality, available to those participating in the beta testing programme.

Discussing the utility of the new technology, Steve Gottwals, wrote in a company blog post: “The purpose of the new updater, once it is active, is to keep end users up-to-date in a much more streamlined and automated way”.

Our Comments

It is extremely important that you update your applications to the latest version or risk being infected. Adobe applications are present on almost all Apple and Windows-based computers worldwide and it is only a matter of time before these weaknesses start affecting mobile platforms as well, especially as Adobe has just released a unifying version of Flash.

Related Links

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Adobe mimics Microsoft, issues mega patch update (opens in new tab)

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Adobe fixes 28 holes in Reader and Acrobat (opens in new tab)

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