Security issues have always been a huge problem for all major software developers on the market and it seems that another major software developer will have to cope with them. When it comes to Adobe, it’s well known that Adobe provides amazing software solutions and services but with such a broad audience it’s no wonder that Adobe has to work on security issues at all times. Besides creative software such as Photoshop and Illustrator Adobe is having a huge impact on the web with its Flash Player, but besides that Adobe is best known for its PDF file format. Portable Document Format or PDF is used for sharing digital documents so it’s no wonder that PDF file format is one of the most used formats all over the world. As you know, if you want to create PDF file you’ll need a special application called Adobe Acrobat and in order to read them you’ll need Adobe Reader and since PDF is so broadly used and easily shared on the internet it’s a common thing to see some security flaws related to it.
Charlie Miller, a researcher from Independent Security Evaluators, discovered latest security flaw in July during the Black Hat USA 2010 security conference. Malicious TrueType font can exploit this flaw if it’s embedded into a PDF file and while user is loading the PDF file, malicious TrueType font allows memory to be corrupted. In order to prevent further damage Adobe decided to fix several security vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. Several versions of these applications will be fixed and the list includes Adobe Reader 9.3.3 and Acrobat 9.3.3 for Windows and Mac, as well as Reader 8.2.3 and Acrobat 8.2.3 for Windows and Mac. As for the release date of this fix, we’re expecting to see it after August 16. Besides that security update, Adobe has scheduled another one for October 12.
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