All the latest UK technology news, reviews and analysis

Adobe warns of impending security update

04 Jan 2013
Adobe Reader logo

Adobe is warning users ahead of the planned release of a security update, due on 8 January, which will include fixes for both reader and Acrobat on the Windows, Macintosh and Linux platforms.

While Adobe has yet to specify the exact nature of the vulnerabilities being patched, it listed two of the updates as top "Priority 1" deployments. The company said that the rating, its highest, was given to flaws which are "being targeted, or which have a higher risk of being targeted, by exploit(s) in the wild for a given product version and platform."

Adobe said that such patches should be applied by users and administrators within 72 hours of general release.

The company said that the top rating was given to the patch for Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.5.2 and earlier 9.x versions on Windows systems.

Later versions of both platforms for Windows, as well as all versions of Reader and Acrobat on Linux and OS X systems, were given a lower priority rating reserved for remote code execution flaws which have not yet been targeted in the wild and will offer a longer 30 day recommended deployment window.

Word of the updates from Adobe comes as Microsoft is preparing to release its monthly security update. The January "Patch Tuesday" release will arrive on 8 January and will address vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and Server.

Though often overlooked by users, Adobe's Acrobat and Reader platforms often rank among the most frequently-targeted platforms for exploits and malware attacks.

  • Comment  
  • Tweet  
  • Google plus  
  • Facebook  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Stumble Upon  
Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

More on Security
What do you think?
blog comments powered by Disqus

Tech gifts for Christmas 2014

Is a new tablet on your wish list this festive season, or have they become yesterday’s fad?

Popular Threads

Powered by Disqus
iPhone 6 is available in silver gold and space grey

iPhone 6 video review

The best iOS handset to date

Updating your subscription status Loading

Get the latest news (daily or weekly) direct to your inbox with V3 newsletters.

newsletter sign-up button

Getting started with virtualisation

Virtualisation can help you reduce costs, improve application availability, and simplify IT
management. However, getting started can be challenging


Converting big data and analytics insights into results

Successful leaders are infusing analytics throughout their organisations to drive smarter decisions, enable faster actions and optimise outcomes

Technical Project Managers

Technical Project Managers Bitwise is looking for...

Junior C# Developer, ASP.NET, WebForms, SQL server

An exciting opportunity for a junior or graduate developer...

Oracle Technical Developer

Oracle Finance SCM R12 AIM OBIEE Title: Oracle...

It Support Analyst

Position: ITSupport Analyst Reportingto: Group IT...
To send to more than one email address, simply separate each address with a comma.