Zero Day vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat

A security vulnerability was recently identified in two Adobe products that could allow attackers to take complete control of your system. Opening a malformed PDF document could allow unintended code to execute without the knowledge of the local user. The evil code could do anything on the system, up to the level of access given to the currently logged on user. Security researchers are seeing limited, targeted attacks in the wild. In most instances, the evil PDF file will crash the Adobe application, and in some instances may try and entice users to install a malicious anti-spyware application.

Adobe intends to patch their PDF products starting on March 11, 2009. Until the patch is released, users may protect themselves by disabling JavaScript in their Adobe applications. However, recent research indicates that even this workaround (disabling JavaScript) does not prevent exploitation of this vulnerability.

More info here:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2631

The official Adobe response here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/security/advisories/apsa09-01.html

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