Adobe today released the fix for a critical flaw revealed at the end of last month by a security expert during the Black Hat conference.
The vulnerability, which could allow an attacker to take control of the victim’s PC, largely anticipates the next release of security updates defined in Adobe’s periodic calendar.
The next security fixes to be launched by the company should only reach customers on 12 October. The date remains, but the most urgent updates are available today.
Reader and Acrobat will be targeted by the updates. Reader in version 9.3.3 for Windows, Mac and Unix and in version 8.2.3 for Windows and Macintosh and Acrobat for Windows and Mac in versions 9.3.3 and 8.2.3.As soon as the vulnerabilities were reported, Adobe to launch a correction as soon as possible and put forward this week as a probable date to do so, without however committing to a specific day.
Charlie Miller was the investigator who reported the flaw that will now be corrected. Just this week he guaranteed that before publicly reporting the problem he had already reported it to Adobe. The researcher is known to have already found other flaws in the manufacturer’s software.