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Adobe Releases New Patches, Adds Silent Updates To Adobe Reader

Adobe has released a set of patches for PDF Reader and Flash that are designed to address existing flaws which can potentially be used by hackers to compromise a person's computer.

The fixes for the Reader application are expected to deal with 13 bugs, which range from heap overflows to memory corruption. Adobe has also turned on silent updates for PDF Reader.

Brad Arkin, director of product security at Adobe explained the rationale in a blog post (opens in new tab), “The vast majority of attacks we are seeing are exploiting software installations that are not current with the latest security updates. We therefore believe that the automatic update option is the best option for most end-users.”

In the future, when the Adobe Reader application detects an update it will display a dialog box requesting users to allow automatic updates. This is similar to silent updates prevalent in Google’s Chrome browser which has been instrumental in keeping the application relatively secure.

Flash, the popular animation platform created by Adobe, has seen a second fix coming out within a span of just nine days. This emergency fix was directed at a critical vulnerability that allowed hackers to remotely run malicious code on systems that were using Flash.