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Posted 21 February 2009 - 09:17 AM

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Adobe issues critical security alert for Acrobat and Reader
Adobe has issues a security bulletin for an issue that affects versions 7-9 of Adobe Acrobat and Reader. A fix is on the way, but an easy workaround for Mac OS X is available.

By Chris Foresman | Last updated February 20, 2009 1:28 PM
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Adobe has identified a critical security vulnerability in all recent versions of Acrobat and Reader, the company's software for creating and viewing files in portable document format, on all platforms, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.

A buffer overflow issue in versions 7, 8, and 9 of Acrobat, Acrobat Pro, and Acrobat Pro Extended, as well as versions 7, 8, and 9 of the free Adobe Reader can cause crashing, and can also be exploited to take control of a users system. Adobe has received reports that exploits are already in the wild.

Adobe has engineers hard at work on the problem, though the company does not expect a fix for version 9 of Acrobat or Reader until March 11, with fixes for the older versions to follow at a later date. The company is also working with anti-virus vendors to identify exploits using the buffer overflow.


Meanwhile, users of Mac OS X can do a couple things to mitigate the issue. One easy step is to set Preview to handle opening all PDF documents. If Preview is not already the default:

Select a PDF file in the Finder
Select File > Get Info (cmd-I)
Under "Open with:", choose Preview from the drop down menu
Finally, click the "Change All..." button

You can also set Safari to use Mac OS X's built-in PDF file-viewing capabilities by un-checking "Display PDF in browser using:" in Acrobat's or Reader's preferences. Both of these should keep you safe from the vulnerability until Adobe can release a fix.

Alternatives for Windows users, like FoxIt, also exist. Most Linux installations already rely on a default alternative viewer.

.Taken from http://arstechnica.com
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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:21 AM

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A warning is being issued to all computer uses about a nasty computer virus that is set to attack on April 1st

30 March 2009
An April Fool's Day virus is about to hit New Zealand computers.

It is stage two of one of the most destructive computer worms ever known - a conficker worm dubbed the "cyberworm of mass destruction".

Domain name commissioner Debbie Monaghan says measures have been put in place to try to counter it, but she is issuing a warning to all computer users both at home and in the workplace. She says it is imperative that everyone download the latest "windows" update to make sure you are protected.


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