Adobe, Apple Issue Security Updates
Adobe has released an update to its free Adobe Reader application that corrects more than two dozen bugs, including several security holes. Separately, Apple this week pushed out a patch to plug a single security vulnerability in its iPhoto application.
Adobe Reader 8.1.2 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris systems. Adobe hasn't released much information about the changes, other than the brief synopsis listed here. The latest version is available here.
A note to Windows Adobe Reader users: Unless you untick the pre-checked box, the installer will also try to give you a copy of "Photoshop Album Starter Edition." It is because of these kinds of add-ons and the general bloat and time delay associated with opening any type of PDF document in Reader that I long ago switched from Adobe to Foxit Reader. Foxit is much more lightweight, and it opens PDF documents in a snap.
Apple's update fixes a vulnerability in iPhoto. The company found that if a Mac user subscribes to a maliciously crafted photocast, the owner of that photocast could gain access and install software to the user's machine. As usual, the updates are available via the built-in Software Update feature, or from Apple Downloads.
Update, Feb 7, 9:25 a.m. ET: Apple released another patch on Wednesday, to plug a single security hole in its QuickTime media player. Updated versions of QuickTime are available for both Windows and Mac systems.
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