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New Adobe Version Plugs Security Holes

Adobe has released yet another update of its Adobe Reader for PDF documents that fixes several security flaws in both the Windows and Mac OS X versions.

The latest version, 7.0.8, includes several stability and security bug fixes. Adobe's advisory is somewhat light on the details of the "several security fixes," but notes that one of them is considered "critical" for OS X users, with the flaws in the Windows version earning a less-serious "low" rating. In its own advisory on the Adobe update, vulnerability watcher Secunia rates the entire group of flaws as "moderately critical."

Wiindows users can get the latest version of Adobe Reader from this link. Mac users can update from here.

Adobe also included a functionality upgrade that further ties it to Yahoo's software and services. If you select text of a single word or phrase of a PDF in Adobe Reader 7.0.8, then right-click with the mouse, you are presented with menu item that allows you to use the Yahoo Contextual search engine (Y!Q).

This works because by default Adobe Reader bundles with Yahoo's toolbar, which gets installed on your copy of Internet Explorer unless you specify otherwise. To avoid installing the Yahoo toolbar, uncheck the already-checked box on the download page next to "Adobe Yahoo! Toolbar." This version also tries to install some Adobe Photoshop software, which you can also prevent by unchecking the box next to its entry on the download page.

By Brian Krebs  |  June 15, 2006; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  New Patches  
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