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New security flaw exploited on Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 12 Sep 2010 8:09 User comments (4)

New security flaw exploited on Adobe Reader and Acrobat Adobe has warned this week that a new security flaw in Reader and Acrobat is now being exploited, allowing for hackers to take over victim's systems.
The company says the vulnerability can "cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

Affected softwares are Adobe Reader 9.3.4 and earlier for Windows and Mac, and Acrobat versions 9.3.4 and earlier for both operating systems.

While Adobe would not give technical details on the flaw, security firm Secunia said it was caused by a "boundary error within the font parsing in CoolType.dll and can be exploited to cause a stack-based buffer overflow by ... tricking a user into opening a specially crafted PDF file."

Adobe says they are working with the security community to work on a patch.

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4 user comments

112.9.2010 21:00

Good thing I use SumatraPDF.

212.9.2010 21:10

Fox-it is pretty nice as well, especially when you consider Fox-is is a lot smaller then Adobe's humongous install...

313.9.2010 16:27

wow.. what these retarded hackers will do so they can get into someones system. and yes i use foxit reader. Its stupid to use WIDELY used programs like that. Windows is bad enough. If your the type of person that just surfs the web, email, views pictures and videos.. then trust me Linux is for you. Ubuntu is very noob friendly. and pretty much works right out of the box!

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418.9.2010 16:31

Can someone say Fox-it. :P

Forza Juve!!

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