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Dubbing the bug “critical,” Adobe also acknowledged reports that exploits triggering the bug are already circulating. Both the Windows and Mac editions of the Adobe software require patches.
“A critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader and Acrobat 8.1.2 and earlier versions,” said the
Adobe Reader is the company’s popular, free PDF viewer, while Acrobat is its for-a-fee application for creating and managing documents in that format.
early 2007. In February, Adobe updated both programs to version 8.1.2 by patching nearly 30 problems. At the time,
the company was criticized for not providing more information about exactly what was fixed, and why, in the 8.1.2. update.
According to Adobe, versions 8.0 through 8.1.2 of both Reader and Acrobat should be patched; Reader and Acrobat 7.1.0, which were released in February, don’t contain the bug and so don’t need to be updated. Users still relying on version 7.0.9 or earlier, however, should update to 7.1.0, urged Adobe. Also, Reader 9 and
Acrobat 9, which are expected to launch next month, are also not vulnerable.
The patch can be downloaded using links in
Adobe’s security bulletin.