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Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro before installing the Critical Security Update

Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro before installing the Critical Security Update


Last Updated: 31 October, 2009
You need to update these apps now. Security Updates are Available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Reader 9.1.3 and Acrobat 9.1.3, Adobe Reader 8.1.6 and Acrobat 8.1.6 for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Reader 7.1.3 and Acrobat 7.1.3 for Windows and Macintosh.

These serious vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. This update represents the second quarterly security update for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.

The security updates were announced on 13 October, 2009. I’m posting this today because I’m still getting many questions from our readers about this. See the links below.

Adobe categorizes this as a critical update.

NOTE: There are reports that this issue is being exploited in the wild, via limited, targeted attacks.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader 9.1.3 and Acrobat 9.1.3 and earlier versions update to Adobe Reader 9.2 and Acrobat 9.2. Adobe 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. Updates apply to all platforms: Windows, Macintosh and UNIX.

Adobe Reader 9_2 during installation

Adobe Reader 9_2 during installation

Finding the updates on the Adobe site is surprisingly time consuming. (I have no idea why they made it difficult)

I have taken the following from the Adobe Security Bulletin to help you find the right links:

Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader users on Windows can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Windows.

Adobe Reader users on Macintosh can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Macintosh.

Adobe Reader users on UNIX can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=10&platform=Unix.

Acrobat

Acrobat Standard and Pro users on Windows can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Windows.

Acrobat Pro Extended users on Windows can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=158&platform=Windows

Acrobat 3D users on Windows can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=112&platform=Windows.

Acrobat Pro users on Macintosh can find the appropriate update here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=1&platform=Macintosh.

Security Updates Available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

I hope you find this post helpful, and get the updates ASAP for your own system security.

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  2 Responses to “Adobe Acrobat and Free Adobe Reader Need Critical Security Patches and Updates”

  1. Hi Ken,

    Thanks for the information.

    Marcelo, Brazil.

    • Hi Marcelo,

      I felt that I had to post this since so many of our readers and photo/photoshop fans use pdf’s. Not everyone was aware of these critical updates.

      Glad you found it useful.
      Cheers,
      Ken

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