Adobe Promises Quick Fix for Reader Flaw
Company tells customers to expect a patch for a 'critical' hole in Adobe Reader and Acrobat apps by next week.
Another week, another security update from Adobe Systems.
Just last week, Adobe raced out a patch for what it called a "critical" hole in its Flash Player software.
In both cases, Adobe's security researchers said hackers could exploit the security holes to take control of users PCs and mobile devices, allowing them to distribute more malware and spam from the infected machines.
An indication that Adobe officials are particularly concerned about this latest hole is the fact that the company is pushing out this fix on Oct. 5, just one week before it originally planned to release its regularly scheduled quarterly security updates.
According to the company's oft-used security updating service, the patch will shore up versions of Adobe Reader 9.3.4 for Windows, Mac and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat 9.3.4 for Windows and Mac, as well as Reader 8.2.4 and Acrobat 8.2.4 for Windows and Mac.
September 22, 2010
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