Adobe Security Updates for Reader, Acrobat

September 13, 2011

As expected, Adobe today released a Security Bulletin [APSB11-24] for its Reader and Acrobat software, for the Windows and Mac OS X platforms.    The bulletin addresses 13 identified security vulnerabilities, and is rated Critical by Adobe.  The following versions of the software are affected:

  • Adobe Reader X (10.1) and earlier 10.x versions
  • Adobe Reader 9.4.5 and earlier 9.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1) and earlier 10.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.4.5 and earlier 9.x versions
  • Adobe Acrobat 8.3 and earlier 8.x versions

The updates bring the current version numbers to Adobe Reader X 10.1.1, Reader 9.4.6, and Acrobat 9.4.6.   Adobe Reader 9.4.5 for UNIX/Linux is also affected; version 9.4.6 for that platform is scheduled for release November 7, 2011.

You can get the new version of Reader using the products built-in update mechanism (Help -> Check for Updates).  You can also download the update, for Windows or Mac OS X, from Adobe’s site.  This is an update, not a full installation package, so you must have the previous version already installed.  For Acrobat updates, see the links in the Security Bulletin.

I recommend installing the new version as soon as you conveniently can.


Microsoft Security Bulletins, September 2011

September 13, 2011

Today is the second Tuesday of the month, so it must be time for Microsoft patches.  This month, Microsoft is releasing five security bulletins, addressing 15 identified vulnerabilities.  All five bulletins have a maximum severity rating of Important (although, based on an accidental temporary release of the bulletins last Friday, the SANS Internet Storm Center rated three of the five Critical for client machines).  Two of the bulletins affect Windows itself; every supported Windows version has at least one.  The other bulletins are for  Microsoft Office (including Office for Mac), and for associated server software, such as SharePoint server, Forms server, and Groove server.  Full details, and download links,are in Microsoft’s Security Bulletin Summary for September 2011.

According to Microsoft, one of the patches will definitely require a system restart, and the others may require one, depending on your system’s configuration.  As usual, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.


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