Adobe issues emergency PDF patches

Plugs two critical holes in Reader, Acrobat

Adobe today released an emergency update that patched a pair of critical vulnerabilities in its popular PDF viewing and editing software.

The update had been expected: Adobe announced last Thursday that it would issue a rush patch for Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat today.

As expected, one of the two flaws fixed was related to the cross-domain request vulnerability patched last week in Flash Player, the ubiquitous media player installed on virtually every personal computer. The other bug quashed by today's update was a crash vulnerability that could let attackers install malware on a victimized machine.

Adobe ranked both bugs as critical.

An accompanying security bulletin provides more details of the Reader and Acrobat vulnerabilities.

Developing story. More to come.

Gregg Keizer covers Microsoft, security issues, Apple, Web browsers and general technology breaking news for Computerworld . Follow Gregg on Twitter at @gkeizer or subscribe to Gregg's RSS feed . His e-mail address is gkeizer@ix.netcom.com .

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