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Adobe, Foxit, Ship PDF Reader Security Updates

Adobe Systems today released an update to plug a dangerous security hole that hackers first began exploiting in January. The update, available here, is for Adobe Reader and Acrobat programs on both Windows and Mac systems.

Adobe said it expects updates for Adobe Reader 7 and 8, and Acrobat 7 and 8, to be available by March 18.

If you've chosen to read PDF documents using the popular alternative to Adobe -- Foxit Reader -- you also need to update. On Monday, Foxit shipped an update that fixes at least three serious vulnerabilities in its Reader products. That update, which brings Foxit Reader to version 3.0, is available from this link.

By Brian Krebs  |  March 10, 2009; 5:54 PM ET
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I went to the Adobe site and attempted to download Reader 9. My firewall (Comodo) gave me the strongest-worded warning I've ever received from a firewall. It said it detected behavior that had a high probability of being a buffer overflow attack. It isolated Firefox from further execution and strongly advised that I choose to terminate Firefox rather than sip the warning.

Is anyone else getting warnings about Adobe's download?

Posted by: mark51 | March 11, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

I received the same warning, but took the leap and told Comodo to "Skip" (rather than "Terminate") Firefox. My conjecture is that Adobe's proprietary software for downloading and installing updated versions runs foul of some heuristic technique also used by some malware that Comodo monitors. Obviously, if my conjecture is correct, it would be nice if the firewall were more discriminating in its warnings.

Posted by: rboltuck | March 11, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I use Firefox and I didn't get any warning. I've got all kinds of protection on my PC to
avoid bad things. I'm comfortable with the download.

Posted by: Ferny1 | March 11, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't use Adobe Acrobat Reader anymore. Foxit Reader works well enough that I don't miss it. Thanks for the heads-up about the Foxit update.

Posted by: Heron | March 13, 2009 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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