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Acrobat bug

by Nikola Strahija on August 19th, 2005 Acrobat and Acrobat Reader, contain serious security flaws that could be used to take over a system, according to Adobe. The company urged users to update the software immediately.


Affected are Reader and Acrobat versions 5.1, 6.0 to 6.0.3, and 7.0 to 7.0.2. Users can update to versions 5.2, 6.0.4 or 7.0.3 via the software's built-in automatic update or via a manual download from Adobe's site.

The bug is found in a core application plug-in found in both Acrobat and Reader, according to Adobe, and could be exploited by tricking the user into opening a malicious PDF file. Because PDFs can be embedded into web pages, such an attack wouldn't necessarily require any user intervention.

If a malicious file were opened it could trigger a buffer overflow as the file is being loaded into Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader, Adobe said in its advisory. -A buffer overflow can cause the application to crash and increase the risk of malicious code execution.


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