Adobe releases its first Patch Tuesday security fixes

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Adobe has released a fix for 13 different vulnerabilities in its Adobe Reader and Acrobat software, widely used to handle PDF files.

It’s critical that you patch your software as if a hacker exploited the vulnerabilities they could cause your computer to crash or run malicious code that could take over your system.

This is the first round of regular security fixes from Adobe, which announced last month that will be making security updates available on the second Tuesday of every third month. This synchronises with Microsoft, which releases important security fixes on the second Tuesday of every month.

Sure enough, Microsoft released a bumper pack of security fixes yesterday (plugging 31 holes in its Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel as documented on the SophosLabs blog here) and shortly afterwards Adobe made…

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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.