Virus alert: Zero-day flaw found in Adobe Acrobat

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Critical security announcements and previously undiscovered "zero-day" vulnerabilities are routine in the current computing environment, but the announcement of a flaw in Adobe's Acrobat Reader program is both surprising, and unwelcome. John Stokdyk reports

Adobe issued a security alert on Thursday 19 February warning that hackers had found a security hole in the program and were circulating corrupted PDFs that could give them remote access to infected computers.

IDG reported that malicious JavaScript routines can be created that swamp Acrobat's internal memory buffer. Once the vulnerability has been triggered, hackers can gain access to the infected computer to run malicious code. Further details are also available from the Shadowserver Fou...

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25th Feb 2009 18:22

Patch update published
An updated Adobe security bulletin provided a bit more detail about the vulnerability, which affected Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions.

Adobe has also developed a patched version of Flash Player 9, Flash Player

John Stokdyk
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