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Adobe warns of Reader and Acrobat attacks

Vulnerability could allow hackers to hijack Windows PCs

The vulnerability affects Adobe Acrobat and Reader.
The vulnerability affects Adobe Acrobat and Reader.

Adobe is warning of a vulnerability in its Adobe Reader application, that could be used to hijack Windows-based computers.

The vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild for targeted attacks against Abode Reader 9.x, the company warns.

The company says that it should have a fix available no later than next week.

The vulnerability is found in Adobe Reader X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh, Adobe Reader 9.4.6 and earlier 9.x versions for UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.1) and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh. An Adobe blog post that the vulnerability can be exploited to crash targeted systems and enable attackers to control of affected machines.

The issue does not affect Adobe Reader for Android and Adobe Flash Player.

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