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Adobe to release emergency patch today

Adobe to release emergency patch today

Adobe's Reader has suffered another set of vulnerabilities - but an emergency patch is due.

Adobe has announced that it is releasing an emergency out-of-cycle patch later today to resolve a range of security vulnerabilities in its Reader and Acrobat PDF packages.

The flaws - which affect software across Windows, Mac OS X, and Unix/Linux - were publicised as part of the Black Hat USA hacker conference, and represent "critical" security vulnerabilities that can leave systems at risk of remote code-execution attacks.

The vulnerabilities plugged by this latest security update are thought to be so critical that Adobe has decided to ditch its usual patch release cycle. The next standard security patch release isn't due until the 12th of October, as part of Adobe's quarterly release cycle.

While an out-of-cycle patch is the quickest way to get its users protected, Adobe risks angering system administrators who now have to find time to test and deploy a critical software modification with very little advanced notice.

It's not the first time Adobe has been faced with releasing critical patches for serious security flaws, however: back in June a vulnerability in the company's Acrobat, Reader, and Flash packages left users open to attack, while a similar exploit which didn't require JavaScript to run was discovered back in April.

With so many security vulnerabilities affecting its software, it's hard not to wonder if Steve Jobs had a point when he famously rejected Adobe's software from his iOS platform.

Will you be racing around to patch Adobe's Reader on your systems, or has the company's track record with security already got you looking for a replacement PDF viewer? Do you just use Foxit Reader instead? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Ross1 19th August 2010, 11:26 Quote
I just use sumatra PDF. I generally have a dislike of PDFs as well.
Cleggmeister 19th August 2010, 12:38 Quote
Just checked for updates, none available as yet...
Bauul 19th August 2010, 12:59 Quote
No software is perfect, generally the more popular it is the more errors will be found. I've no doubt Adobe's suits are any worse than any other mainstream software package.
tad2008 19th August 2010, 13:07 Quote
I have been using Foxit PDF Reader since it first became available and find it much more responsive than the bloated Adobe version.
Slavedriver 19th August 2010, 15:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
No software is perfect, generally the more popular it is the more errors will be found. I've no doubt Adobe's suits are any worse than any other mainstream software package.

You are so very wrong. If you have ever tried to work with Adobe's output PostScript that they shove to the poor print drivers you would be amazed how the company which invented the language can completely ignore every good coding practice they themselves have outlined.

That apart form Reader being a bloated bug-ridden rootkit of course.
crazyceo 19th August 2010, 15:50 Quote
Security due to online involvement is hot topic news today what with Intel buying McAfee for £5billion. They all need to keep on their toes to be sure their clients stay with them.
Faulk_Wulf 19th August 2010, 17:45 Quote
No offense, but if a simple patch is enough to break your security / admin software, maybe... just maybe, you should be running a better security / admin software package? This isn't like trying to make a Mac play nice on an otherwise all Windows network or something. I mean it's not like you don't know that things will update, and not all software developers release patches in cycles, some just release as needed.

I mean I've obviously never been an admin but it just seems silly to me.
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