Adobe PDF Reader Vulnerable, Wants You To Disable JavaScript

by Rafael Hernandez on April 29, 2009 · 0 comments

Adobe has announced that all currently shipping and supported versions (Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.1, 8.1.4, and 7.1.1 and earlier versions) of its Adobe Reader and Acrobat PDF browsing applications are vulnerable to an exploit which may allow for malicious code to be executed on your PC. This issue affects Windows, Mac, and Unix versions of the software and their current plan to defend customers is to have them disable their application’s JavaScript functionality.

The process goes a little something like:

  1. Launch Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
  2. Select Edit>Preferences
  3. Select the JavaScript Category
  4. Uncheck the ‘Enable Acrobat JavaScript’ option
  5. Click OK

There’s no current timetable for a fix so stay alert.

Source: Adobe PSIRT Blog

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