Adobe to issue emergency fix for Reader security bug

Share this article:

Adobe on Tuesday warned of a critically rated, unpatched vulnerability in its Adobe Reader and Acrobat software.

Attackers who exploit the memory corruption flaw may be able to take control of a target system, according to an advisory.There are reports of live targeted, but limited, attacks underway.

Adobe expects to fix the issue sometime next week in Reader and Acrobat version 9. However, because the bug is mitigated by Protected View functionality, the company plans to wait until Jan. 10 to patch Reader and Acrobat X, its most current version. Jan. 10 is the scheduled date of Adobe's next quarterly security update.

The advisory details how users of the latest version can enable Protected View.

Reader for Android and Flash Player are not impacted by the vulnerability.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House cyber guru says

Information sharing requires breaking down barriers, White House ...

The White House has advanced an agenda to promote and facilitate information sharing on security threats and vulnerabilities.

Worm variant of Android ransomware, Koler, spreads via SMS

Worm variant of Android ransomware, Koler, spreads via ...

Upon infection, the Koler variant will send an SMS message to all contacts in the device's address book.

Patch for Windows flaw can be bypassed, prompts temporary fix from Microsoft

Patch for Windows flaw can be bypassed, prompts ...

The Windows zero-day received a patch last week, but the fix can still be bypassed by crafty attackers.