Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat XI (11.0.06) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
Release date: May 13, 2014
Vulnerability identifier: APSB14-15
CVE numbers: CVE-2014-0511, CVE-2014-0512, CVE-2014-0521, CVE-2014-0522, CVE-2014-0523, CVE-2014-0524, CVE-2014-0525, CVE-2014-0526, CVE-2014-0527, CVE-2014-0528, CVE-2014-0529
Platform: Windows and Macintosh
Update or Complete DownloadUpdate checks can be manually activated by choosing Help > Check for Updates.
- Adobe Reader XI (11.0.06) for Windows is available here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows.
If you are still using Windows XP and have Adobe Reader installed, please note that there will be no additional security updates for it. I suggest uninstalling it and install an alternate reader. Personally, I like Sumatra PDF. It isn't a target and doesn't include unwanted extras with the install or updates. (See Replacing Adobe Reader with Sumatra PDF.) Adobe Reference: End of support | Acrobat and Reader for Windows XP
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.
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