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Arch Linux PDF reader package poisoned

Arch Linux has pulled a user-provided AUR (Arch User Repository) package, because it contained malware. If you're an Arch Linux user who downloaded a PDF viewer named "acroread" in the short time it was compromised, you'll need to delete it. While the breach isn't regarded as serious, it sparked a debate about the security of …
Swarming bugs

Intel, Microsoft, Adobe release a swarm of bug fixes to ruin your week

IT admins face a busy week ahead as Microsoft, Intel, and Adobe have issued bundles of scheduled security fixes addressing more than 150 CVE-listed vulnerabilities. Surprise, surprise, Microsoft has a ton of browser fixes For Redmond, the July Patch Tuesday will bring fixes for 53 individual bugs, 25 of those allowing for …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2018
Quite possibly the first software package in the world to provide Help in a PDF file.

How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

HTML is the world's most common digital document file format. However, it's not the one everyone turns to when they want to create a precise document that looks, prints and behaves the same on any platform on any device. And it's hardly the format of choice for immediate offline reading, easy sharing or simple portability. For …
Alistair Dabbs, 21 Jun 2018

How many ways can a PDF mess up your PC? 47 in this Adobe update alone

Adobe has posted security updates for Acrobat, Reader, and Photoshop, many of them critical fixes. The developer says the Acrobat and Reader update will address a total of 47 CVE-listed vulnerabilities, including two dozen remote code execution flaws in the PDF readers. Adobe notes that none of the bugs are being actively …
Shaun Nichols, 14 May 2018
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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

Microsoft has begun its 2017 with the release of four updates to address security holes in Windows and Office, while Adobe has posted fixes for more than three dozen vulnerabilities in Flash and Reader. Microsoft's January patch load includes: MS17-001, a fix for the Edge browser to address a flaw that would let a malicious …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jan 2017

2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has published the March edition of its monthly security updates, addressing security flaws in Internet Explorer, Edge and Windows, while Adobe has issued updates for Digital Editions, Acrobat and Reader. Microsoft released 13 sets of patches for you to install as soon as possible: MS16-023 A cumulative update for …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Mar 2016
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Windows 10 shattered Remote Desktop's security defaults – so get patching

Microsoft has issued its January batch of security updates – including what will be the final round of patches for many versions of Internet Explorer. The first Patch Tuesday monthly security release of the year includes fixes for 25 CVE-listed flaws in Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Office. Among the patched bugs are …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2016

In 2015, your Windows PC can be owned by opening a spreadsheet

Microsoft and Adobe have pushed out their scheduled monthly security updates, with familiar names like IE and Flash once again getting critical fixes. For Redmond, the October update brings fixes for 33 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The updates include a cumulative fix for Internet Explorer and patches to address …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Oct 2015

It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

Microsoft has patched 25 software vulnerabilities – including bugs that allow hackers to hijack PCs via Internet Explorer, Word and Excel files, and Visual Basic scripts. Everyone is urged to install the fixes, as well as a batch of updates from Adobe: a flaw in the Flash plugin is already being exploited by hackers to take …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Dec 2014
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Everyone taking part in Patch Tuesday step forward. NOT SO FAST, Adobe!

Adobe has pushed back the release date for a planned security fix in Acrobat and Reader. The company said that the patch for both Windows and OS X versions of Reader and Acrobat due for tomorrow will instead arrive next week. The delay will give the company time to iron out problems spotted during testing, the company said in …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Sep 2014

Poison PDF pusher released to public

Attacking enterprises just got easier with the development of an idiot-friendly tool that spits out booby-trapped PDFs with a few clicks. The tool weaves existing exploits into PDFs, allowing attacks against Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 8.x prior to 8.2.1 and 9.x before 9.3.1. Users can insert their own URL pointers into …
Darren Pauli, 12 Jun 2014

Cortana, remind me to patch Windows, IE, and Adobe gear next Tues

Microsoft will release eight security updates next Tuesday to squash remote-code execution bugs in Windows and Internet Explorer among other flaws. Meanwhile, Adobe will issue new versions of Acrobat and Reader for this month's Patch Tuesday. Two of the security updates from Microsoft are rated as critical because they allow …
Shaun Nichols, 9 May 2014
The Register breaking news

Adobe kills two actively exploited bugs in Reader

Adobe has released updates for its Reader and Acrobat applications that fix two vulnerabilities that attackers were exploiting to seize control of Windows-based machines. Version 9.4.7 of the programs fix two memory-corruption bugs that Adobe says are “being actively exploited in limited, targeted attacks in the wild” against …
Dan Goodin, 17 Dec 2011
The Register breaking news

Adobe startles Wall St with Q4 sales climb

Just one month after Adobe confirmed it was axing around 7 per cent of its global workforce and backing away from its Flash Player software on mobile gadgets, the company has reported final quarter results that surprised Wall Street. It pulled in revenue of $1.1bn (£0.7bn) for the three months ended 2 December, up 14 per cent …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Dec 2011
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Adobe Reader

iOS App of the Week It’s hard to believe that it has taken Adobe so long to release a PDF reader for iDevices, especially since the Android version has been available for more than a year now. And with so many other apps already available for reading PDF files, including Apple’s own iBooks, I could barely muster the enthusiasm to download Adobe …
Cliff Joseph, 3 Nov 2011
The Register breaking news

Adobe to patch Black Hat bugs on Thursday

Adobe plans to release out-of-sequence updates on Thursday (19 August) designed to patch security holes in its Acrobat and Reader PDF software revealed at the Black Hat conference earlier this month. Updates for Adobe Reader 9.3.3 for Windows, Macintosh and Unix will accompany Adobe Acrobat 9.3.3 for Windows and Macintosh as …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2010
The Register breaking news

Adobe Reader vuln hit with unusually advanced attack

With more than a week until Adobe is scheduled to patch a critical vulnerability in its Reader and Acrobat applications, online thugs are targeting it with an unusually sophisticated attack. The PDF file uses what's known as egg-hunting shellcode to compress the first phase of the malicious payload into 38 bytes, a tiny size …
Dan Goodin, 4 Jan 2010
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Adobe begins to charge in online apps battle

Adobe has moved its online software suite out of beta and will ask US customers to pay for the privilege of using its the combined productivity and collaboration offering, as of today. Adobeacrobat.com provides the ability to create and work on documents online, junking the need to bounce updates around organisations. The …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2009

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