Once again, Adobe is urging its users to update their software, this time to plug 23 security vulnerabilities found in Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Though Adobe generally releases security updates on a quarterly cycle, this particular update was rushed because at least one of these vulnerabilities was actively exploited by hackers.
Sofos security analyst Graham Cluley reports that Adobe's rushed update is "a clear sign of the seriousness posed by the security holes," and Adobe is facing continued pressure to release its sandboxing technology, which, according to an interview with Adobe's Senior Director of Product Security and Privacy Brad Arkin, should alleviate many of the exploits currently available to cyber criminals in Adobe products.
Until Adobe manages to ship its sandboxing technology, though, it is strongly recommended that users running current versions of Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat upgrade to the latest versions. For more information of the security threats uncovered by Adobe, check out the Security Bulletin.
Download the Adobe Reader for Mac update here.
Download the Adobe Acrobat for Mac update here.