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You May Want to Think Twice Before Opening that PDF Attachment

Category: Bugs / Virus
Posted: 02:46PM

Think twice the next time you open a PDF, or it could mean disaster for your computer. An unpatched bug in Adobe's popular PDF format is becoming a growing concern. While Adobe has known of the bug since mid-January, they only admitted to having a problem two weeks ago.The bug was originally believed to center around a JavaScript exploit, but since then Danish researchers have found an exploit that does not involve JavaScript, confirming that merely disabling JavaScript does not fix the vulnerability. After reporting their results to Adobe, Adobe confirmed that only the upcoming patch, due on March 11, would fix all of the problems. Adobe also has to contend with immense criticism coming from the fact that their patching schedule is generally regarded as too slow, and as such, exploits like the one they're patching now are left alone for too long. Hopefully Adobe can get the patches through soon, as attacks against end-users are being reported.

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