Adobe has issued fixes for a critical vulnerability being exploited by malware writers.
The flaw affects the firm's Acrobat and Adobe Reader applications on Mac OS and Windows.
Adobe recommends that users of both platforms install the security update immediately.
When exploited, the vulnerability leads to an application crash which leaves the user liable to remote control of the system and code execution from the attacker.
Such remote code execution flaws are a favourite method for covertly installing malware and are often regarded as the highest risks among software vulnerabilities.
Adobe has classified the flaw as 'critical', the highest of its four security alert levels. The company noted that there is a heightened risk as the flaw is already being used by attackers to spread malware in the wild.
Sans security researcher Jason Lam echoed Adobe's sense of urgency, recommending that users install the update as soon as possible.
"This is likely to appear in a malware spreading website near you soon given the track record of the botnet operators," he wrote.
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