Hackers Actively Exploit Adobe Acrobat and Reader 9.2 Vulnerability
Article by George Norman
On 15 Dec 2009
You might remember that Adobe release Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader 9.2 to plug a total of 29 security vulnerabilities that plagued versions 9.1.3, 8.1.6 and 7.13. It seems that Adobe will have to once again update Reader and Acrobat because hackers have managed to find a security hole and exploit it for their own malicious purposes. That’s right, there is a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, vulnerability that was previously unknown to Adobe, and it is being actively exploited in the wild.

This is not hearsay. The fact that there is a vulnerability and that it is being exploited has been confirmed by the California-based company that specializes in creating multimedia and creativity software products.

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“Adobe received reports of a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and earlier versions being exploited in the wild (CVE-2009-4324). We are currently investigating this issue and assessing the risk to our customers. We will provide an update as soon as we have more information,” commented the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team (PSIRT).

That’s all we know for the time being. We will come back with additional details as they become available. In the meanwhile, you are well advised to use an alternate PDF reader. Also, you should be cautious of any PDF files that comes from untrusted sources. Keep your security software solution up-to-date and your operating system fully patched.

To take your mind off this, you could take the time to create your very own snowman holiday online card. Yahoo! lets every computer user out there design their own snowman (this includes facial features, arms, backgrounds) and share it via Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Messenger, Facebook or Twitter.

Or you could go to Google.com and check out the New Year’s countdown timer. Just click I’m Feeling Lucky and a countdown timer will appear, informing you how many seconds are left until the end of the year. Please note that the countdown time will appear only on Google.com, not on the localized versions.

Update 12.16.2009: Adobe posted this Security Advisory in regards to the Adobe Reader and Acrobat issue discussed above.



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