Adobe warns users about Reader and Acrobat security flaw

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Adobe warns users about Reader and Acrobat security flaw

Antony Savvas

Adobe is urging users to be cautious when handling PDF files after hackers used a flaw in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat to attack users' systems.

In a security bulletin, Adobe said it had received reports of attacks targeting a previously unknown flaw in Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

When exploited, the flaw allows an attacker to execute code and steal data on systems remotely.

The issue is believed to affect version 9.0 and earlier of both applications. The way the programs handle JavaScript within PDF files is said to be the problem.

Adobe expects to issue a patch for the problem by 11 March.


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