Adobe Updates Acrobat and Readers in Response to Vulnerabilities

Adobe has taken necessary steps to fix the flaws of its applications and came up with updates for the Acrobat and Readers platforms. The flaws that were addressed by Adobe include vulnerabilities that were found in the Adobe’s Flash Player. That particular flaw was repaired on 15th of April. It is to be mentioned that the flaws were reported publicly for the first time on April 11th.

The recent updates for Adobe Reader 9.4.4 and Adobe Acrobat X 10.0.3 were delivered during late April that included the final elements of the repair. In its April 11th advisory, Adobe stated that critical flaw was there in the Flash Player 10.2.153.1 and also in the older versions for Linux, Macintosh, Solaris and Windows, Adobe Flash Player 10.2.156.12 and older versions for Android and the Authplay.dll component which comes along with Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.0.2) and previous 9.x and 10.x versions for the Macintosh and Windows operating systems.

The vulnerabilities were considered as major threats for the security of the users since cyber criminals could exploit those to take control of a system or crash it. According to Adobe, it was aware of reports claiming that such vulnerabilities were being exploited actively by the attackers. The source of such attacks was a Flash (.swf) file which was embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) or Microsoft Word (.doc) file that came as attachment through e-mails.

It is to be mentioned that the updates for Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader arrived in the market outside the usual cycle of patch updates of Adobe. According to the current schedule, the security updates are suppose to arrive for the users on 14th of June.