Adobe recommends disabling JavaScript to avoid PDF hack attack

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Adobe recommends disabling JavaScript to avoid PDF hack attack

Cliff Saran

Users of Adobe Reader should disable JavaScript to avoid a zero-day hacking attack on the PDF document reader software.

This is the latest in a series of major security holes in the Adobe software. The company said it is planning to release an update for Adobe Reader tomorrow. This update represents the second quarterly security update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

In the meantime, users should use the "general preferences" dialog menu option to disable JavaScript - Edit > Preferences > JavaScript, and uncheck "Enable Acrobat JavaScript".

Adobe said users running data execution prevention (DEP) on Windows Vista are protected from this exploit.


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