Adobe products struck by zero-day attacks

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Adobe’s products are once again in the firing line, as hackers are reportedly exploiting critical unpatched vulnerabilities in the products Adobe Reader, Acrobat and Flash Player.

Adobe has published a security advisory describing the problems which affect users regardless of whether they’re running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris or UNIX.

Adobe has labelled the zero-day vulnerabilities as “critical”, the most serious rating it has.

Adobe says that Adobe Reader and Acrobat version 8.x are not vulnerable, and that the Flash Player 10.1 release candidate “does not appear to be vulnerable”.

Although Adobe has published a way to mitigate the problem for Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows, the workaround is clearly not ideal:

Deleting, renaming, or removing access to the authplay.dll file that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.