Adobe Software has released a version update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat (9.3.3) with patches for 17 critical vulnerabilities. The update addresses several widely reported security problems, including one that could persuade a user to open an embedded executable file. The vulnerabilities have been exploited by attackers, and were used in April in an effort to infect users with the Zeus Trojan.
According to Adobe, these vulnerabilities ‘could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.’ Adobe has moved forward an update which was scheduled for release later this month.
The update can be installed using Adobe’s Automatic Update feature. Anyone who has updated to version 9.3.3updated to version 9.3.3 should be relatively safe.