Adobe announces its own Patch Tuesday

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Following increasing concern about hackers taking advantage of security vulnerabilities in Adobe’s PDF-reading software, the company has announced that it will be making security updates available on a regular schedule.

Adopting a similar initiative to Microsoft (which releases security patches on the second Tuesday of each month), Adobe has declared that it will issue vulnerability fixes on the second Tuesday of every third month.

This is a timely move by Adobe, whose Reader and Acrobat products have been in the firing line in recent months with hackers targeting vulnerabilities in their code with the aim of infecting innocent users’ computers. Indeed, lately it’s seemed that we’ve never been far away from another headline declaring that a new critical security hole abusing the PDF file format has been found.

By linking their patch…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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