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Old 02-20-2009, 10:44 AM   #1
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Adobe Reader 9 new exploit in the wild

A new critical vulnerability has been discovered in Adobe Acrobat and Reader 9 (and earlier versions, too), which could allow attackers to cause a vulnerable application to crash or execute arbitrary code by tricking a user into opening a specially crafted PDF file.

According to Adobe's advisory a fix is scheduled for March 11th, 2009. If you don't want to wait that long, I suggest you go for one of the many (free) alternatives (like Foxit Reader or SumatraPDF) which are not affected.

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Adobe is planning to release updates to Adobe Reader and Acrobat to resolve the relevant security issue. Adobe expects to make available an update for Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 by March 11th, 2009. Updates for Adobe Reader 8 and Acrobat 8 will follow soon after, with Adobe Reader 7 and Acrobat 7 updates to follow. In the meantime, Adobe is in contact with anti-virus vendors, including McAfee and Symantec, on this issue in order to ensure the security of our mutual customers. A security bulletin will be published on http://www.adobe.com/support/security as soon as product updates are available.
Link: Adobe advisory

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Old 02-20-2009, 02:42 PM   #2
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According to the "explorers" of this vulnerability it suffices to deactivate JavaScript in your Adobe Reader (somewhere hidden in the program's settings).

@doctorow: Shouldn't it say "Adobe advisory"? It's not Amazon's fault this time
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@doctorow: Shouldn't it say "Adobe advisory"? It's not Amazon's fault this time
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