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Security Alert: Don’t Open PDF Files

New Year, New Attacks Against Adobe

Adobe Zero-Day Flaw Under Attack – Crooks are once again sending e-mails with attachments exploiting the “zero-day” hole in Adobe Reader and Acrobat to install malware on targeted machines. The attacks start with a malicious PDF file that contains the PoisonIvy Trojan, which allows an attacker to gain remote control over an infected PC.

Adobe says it will release an update on January 12th.

To read the full story, please click here.

Today’s free downloads: If you are a bit tired of Adobe, and all of it’s vulnerabilities (tops the charts year after year, after all), I’m afraid there’s not much you can do about Flash Player (for watching YouTube videos, for example) except to remove it and do without videos (and.. animated ads). But you don’t need Reader to open PDF files. I suggest uninstalling Reader and installing some other “reader”.. such as the lightweight (and portable) Sumatra PDF, or the popular Foxit Reader, or PDF-XCHANGE Viewer (also an editor).

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2 Comments »

  1. TechPaul,

    Thank you for keeping us up to date on this particular vulnerability… The fun just never ends does it?

    Rick

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    Comment by Ramblinrick | January 8, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      New exploit. Same old ruse.

      So what is “the answer”? Well, for starters, (I think) you’d have to scrap every device and line of code… and start over. Which is not going to happen anytime soon.

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      Comment by techpaul | January 8, 2010 | Reply


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