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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Adobe Reader and Acrobat Critical Security Update

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Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI (11.0.02) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, and Adobe Reader 9.5.4 and earlier 9.x versions for Linux.  These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.



Because the vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks, it is recommended that users of Adobe Reader and Acrobat apply the update as soon as possible.  These updates address critical vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Release date: May 14, 2013
Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-15
Priority: See Table Below
CVE number: CVE-2013-2549, CVE-2013-2550, CVE-2013-2718, CVE-2013-2719, CVE-2013-2720, CVE-2013-2721, CVE-2013-2722, CVE-2013-2723, CVE-2013-2724, CVE-2013-2725, CVE-2013-2726, CVE-2013-2727, CVE-2013-2729, CVE-2013-2730, CVE-2013-2731, CVE-2013-2732, CVE-2013-2733, CVE-2013-2734, CVE-2013-2735, CVE-2013-2736, CVE-2013-2737, CVE-2013-3337, CVE-2013-3338, CVE-2013-3339, CVE-2013-3340, CVE-2013-3341, CVE-2013-3342
Platform: All

Update or Complete Download

Update checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates.
    Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.

    Enable "Protected View"

    Due to frequent vulnerabilities, it is recommended that Windows users of Adobe Reader and Acrobat ensure that Protected View is enabled.  Neither the Protected Mode or Protected View option is available for Macintosh users.

    To enable this setting, do the following:
    • Click Edit > Preferences > Security (Enhanced) menu. 
    • Change the "Off" setting to "All Files".
    • Ensure the "Enable Enhanced Security" box is checked. 

    Adobe Protected View
    Image via Sophos Naked Security Blog
    If you are looking for a replacement for Adobe Reader, consider Replacing Adobe Reader with Sumatra PDF.

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