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Adobe Plugs 29 Critical Reader, Acrobat Holes

Adobe Systems Inc. on Tuesday issued a new version of both Adobe Acrobat and its free Adobe PDF Reader to fix at least 29 separate security vulnerabilities in these products.

If you have either (or both) of these programs installed, take a moment to update them. Adobe warns that hackers already are exploiting at least one of the flaws to break into vulnerable systems.

Users of Adobe Reader and Acrobat version 9.1.3 and earlier should update to version 9.2, available in the "solution" section at this link. Updates are available for Windows, Mac and Unix versions of the programs.

Adobe has some special instructions for those who for whatever reason need to stay with older lines of the software: The company recommends users of Acrobat 8.1.6 and earlier versions update to Acrobat 8.1.7, and users of Acrobat 7.1.3 and earlier versions update to Acrobat 7.1.4. For Adobe Reader users who cannot update to Adobe Reader 9.2, Adobe has provided the Adobe Reader 8.1.7 and Adobe Reader 7.1.4 updates.

By Brian Krebs  |  October 13, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  Latest Warnings , New Patches , Safety Tips  | Tags: 0day, acrobat, adobe reader  
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Why does Adobe make downloading their stuff so difficult?

Posted by: manoak | October 13, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

So I see I'm running Adobe Reader 8.13. I click 'check for updates' and get back that 8.14 is available. I let it install 8.14. Re-run check for updates and see that 8.15 is now available. Install. Re-run check. 8.16 is now available.

WHY! can't it just go straight to the most recent version?

Thanks for your articles. I'd never know about these updates otherwise.

Posted by: el_gordo | October 14, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Adobe has made updating such fun. Linux/Solaris 9.2 is found here, though I was not able to get to this through the direct ftp link and the standard links. Even though they say 9.2 will download, you get 9.1.2. Go to then select Download Now, then select 9.2, then enu for English if you can't get to the ftp link above directly. All other site links to Linux 9.2 appear to go to 9.1.2

Posted by: pglagasse | October 14, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

For those running linux, you should setup the adobe repository in your package manager. yum update pulled in the new package with no difficulties.

Posted by: astronomer | October 14, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

el gordo: most of the time, Adobe puts out patches. These avoid the need for product reinstalls (installing Acrobat can take 20 minutes) but you do end up having to install patch after patch after patch.

Posted by: gbooksdc | October 14, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Indeed, Adobe makes updating problematic. My netbook runs Hardy Heron Ubuntu Linux and was running an acroread 8.something (Adobe Reader), so I followed the link Brian suggested, then searched and found a link for "other versions" of adobe reader.

For the ubuntu update, I selected a "deb" version from adobe, and my netbook's installer worked well, and now 8.something has been updated to 9.1.2.

Not quite as snafu as MS's operating system adventures, but a far cry from 9.1.3.

Posted by: TeresaBinstock | October 14, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@ TeresaBinstock: Latest Adobe Reader is 9.2.0. There's a "check for updates" link in the Tools button, which got me that version.

Posted by: JBV1 | October 14, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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