Adobe has released security updates to fix critical flaws in its Reader and Acrobat applications for both Windows and Macintosh. The updates are emergency fixes for a vulnerability disclosed last month at Black Hat.
Adobe pushed the patches out roughly three weeks after the vulnerability was disclosed by security researcher Charlie Miller at Black Hat. The flaw could give an attacker the ability to take complete control of remote machines.
vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Reader 9.3.3 (and earlier
versions) for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, Adobe Acrobat 9.3.3 (and
earlier versions) for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 8.2.3 (and
earlier versions) and Adobe Acrobat 8.2.3 (and earlier versions) for
Windows and Macintosh. These vulnerabilities could cause the
application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take
control of the affected system,” Adobe said in its advisory.
Adobe is recommending that users install the Reader and Acrobat updates immediately.