Adobe patches Reader flaw
PDF flaw affects affect older, infirm package
Security watchers are warning of a critical flaw affecting older versions of Adobe Reader.
Successful exploitation against the Adobe Reader flaw would involve tricking users into opening a laced pdf file. The flaw only affects users of Adobe Reader 8, which was replaced by Adobe Reader 9 in June 2008. Nonetheless Core argues that many users are still running older versions of the software and are therefore at risk of attack.
Core security Vulnerability Advisory
Here's a link to the actual Core Security vulnerability advisory on the CoreLabs homepage: http://www.coresecurity.com/content/adobe-reader-buffer-overflow .
Acrobat reader alternative?
I agree with AC's comments on Acrobat Reader bloat. I'm also sick of getting pop-up reminders about updates every time I open a PDF (and that's with a recent version of the program). Fair enough, it's good to know that they're offering updates to improve security, but as far as I know it's not possible to set the program to check for updates only once a month or so. I'm going to give an alternative - PDF Xchange Viewer a try.
...Be happy. Get rid of Adobe Reader and get Foxit Reader. Free, works beautifully, lasts a long time. Well, for Windows.