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PDF Flaw Patched — But Does Anybody Know?

PDF Flaw Patched — But Does Anybody Know?

As expected, Adobe patched a zero-day vulnerability in its popular Adobe Reader software last week, marking the second time in three months that it delivered an update on the same day Microsoft issued its monthly fixes. But while Microsoft’s PowerPoint patch received lots of attention, the Adobe update should be at the top of people’s to-do list, a security expert said today.

“Adobe’s is more important than Microsoft’s,” said Wolfgang Kandek, chief technology officer at Qualys. “Even though Microsoft’s had more visibility, if you have to choose between the two, you should patch Adobe. [Reader] is pretty much everywhere, attackers are increasing exploiting it and [PDF] is a widely-used corporate format.”

The Reader vulnerability has been patched for all platforms in the free Reader 8 and 9, as well as in the corresponding versions of Adobe Acrobat, the for-pay PDF creation and editing application, the company said Tuesday.


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