Another Adobe Reader Zero Day Vulnerability In The Wild
Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat have been hit with yet another zero day vulnerability that is affecting all versions of both programs up to and including Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat 9.2.
The vulnerability has been disclosed to the public by Adobe's Security Response team which wrote in a blog post that Adobe is "currently investigating this issue and assessing the risk to customers".
Adobe itself did not reveal details about the exploit in the blog post but a post at the Shadowserver website which is run by security volunteers from around the world reveals details about the issue.
According to information posted on the website the exploit has been in the wild since at least December 11. The number of attacks have been limited and targeted so far according to the information. The experts expect the "exploit to become more wide spread in the next few weeks" with the potential to become fully public in the same timeframe.
A temporary fix was also published on the same website.
We have not had time to fully test but enabling hardware DEP for systems that support it may also mitigate this issue.
Update: Adobe has published a security advisory for the vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. The vulnerability is rated critical. Attackers can exploit it to casue a crash and potentially take control of the operating system.
Every time I read about another exploit of Adobe, I thank my good sence for turning my back to it and switching to another PDF Reader – needless to say that I took all my friends & family with me!
None of us has ever looked back: more security and our systems can at last breathe.
Why does anyone continue to use that ponderous dinosaur, Adobe Reader?? It’s like the people at the grocery store who write checks–no reason for it!
I use Foxit but I understand there are other PDF viewers just as good, or better, available for free.
Has there been some free licenses given away for Adobe Photoshop ?
Because it comes preinstalled on many computers and it’s the official reader for the format. Most people don’t even realize that you can use a third party program for a lot of these fornats.