Adobe patches Reader, Acrobat security holes

Adobe rushed out a pair of updates to its Reader and Acrobat Pro products on the Mac Tuesday to tackle security holes in the software. The updates also improve stability of Reader and Acrobat, according to Adobe.

Both the Adobe Reader 9.4 and Adobe Acrobat 9.4 Pro updates promise to address “critical vulnerabilities,” according to Adobe’s release notes. Specifically, the vulnerabilities could cause either application to crash, allowing an attacker to take control of an affected system. Adobe posted an advisory about the vulnerability last month.

The Adobe Reader 9.4 update comes in two versions—a 7.28MB release for Power PC-based Macs and a 7.47MB update for machines using Intel chips. Both versions of the update run on Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later.

Adobe Acrobat 9.4 Pro comes as a lone 69.72MB update for both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. It, too, requires OS X 10.4.11 or later.

At a Glance
  • Macworld Rating

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    MSRP: $449; upgrade, $159; as part of CS3.3 Design Premium upgrade, $159

    Pros

    • Online collaboration, personal file sharing, and synchronized reading via embedded integration with Acrobat.com
    • Support for PDF/E, PDF/A, and PDF/X-4 standards
    • PDF Portfolios make distribution packages easy and attractive
    • Forms Wizard improves form creation, tracking, and data collection
    • Faster performance
    • Improved support for embedded Flash and FLV Flash video
    • Improved PDF version comparison

    Cons

    • Limited live collaboration options
    • Still no LiveCycle Designer application included with Mac version
    • Few enhancements for creative and print workflows

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