Adobe Reader Security News

Another security flaw in Adobe Reader

More vulnerabilities discovered in Adobe Reader

Certain security issues have been discovered in Adobe’s software Acrobat Reader which have the potential to allow an attacker to remotely execute arbitrary code in PDF files using JavaScript.

First a quote from Adobe, then the easy fix that takes only a few seconds to stay safe.

“Adobe is aware of reports of a potential vulnerability in Adobe Reader 9.1 and 8.1.4, as described in SecurityFocus BID 34736. We are currently investigating, and will have an update once we get more information.”

“Adobe plans to provide updates for all affected versions for all platforms to resolve this issue.”

“We are working on a development schedule for these updates and will post a timeline as soon as possible”

“We are currently not aware of any reports of exploits in the wild for this issue. To mitigate the issue disable JavaScript in Adobe Reader.”

The Fix!

To switch off JavaScript in Adobe Reader
• Open Adobe Reader
• Select the Edit tab on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
• Select Preferences
• Select JavaScript
• Now, untick the box that enables JavaScript (see image below).

How to disable JavaScript in Adobe Reader

How to disable JavaScript in Adobe Reader

Source: Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team