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[PCMag] Adobe Fixes Player, Reader, Acrobat Bugs

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Adobe logo Adobe is today releasing updates to the Flash Player, Reader and Acrobat to address a 0-day vulnerability reported last week.

The bug, which is in the Flash Player, could allow an attacker to crash the system or gain control in the context of the user. Because Adobe Reader and Acrobat incorporate Flash functionality, they are also affected.
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Glad they are making a step on it to help
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I literally updated my flash player a few hours ago.

Fortunately i don't have reader or acrobat.
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I don't know much about this kind of stuff but... how is one little program like flash player (or a PDF reader) going to make a whole freakin system vulnerable? Wouldn't other safeguards catch it?
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I don't know much about this kind of stuff but... how is one little program like flash player (or a PDF reader) going to make a whole freakin system vulnerable? Wouldn't other safeguards catch it?
Adobe software is notorious for buffer overflows which allow for the execution of arbitrary code. If someone can run any code they want on your system by injecting it into a PDF document or flash ad in just the right way, they can do pretty much whatever they want with your machine.

Adobe seems to be pretty good about patching the holes once they have been discovered. The problem is there are just so many that hackers keep finding new holes which let them do essentially the same thing.
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Then it sounds like they need to rewrite the programs from the ground up. Couldn't you do the same thing then, with an mp3 file? As soon as the media player runs it, it executes a set of instructions?
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Already been done. People have been infecting digital music for years. It isn't as effective though since people use so many different programs for playing music and the mp3 would have to be tailored to exploit a specific flaw in a specific media player.

Adobe software isn't designed to run arbitrary code. It just happens to be very good at it because of poor programming. And since everyone uses Adobe software, that makes it the perfect target for hackers.

How many people do you know who use something other than Adobe for viewing PDF docs? How many people even know that alternatives exist?
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Well I had an idea that alternatives exist (doesn't open office do it?) but I simply never bothered cause adobe was always there, so I see your point. As for flash players, I don't think you can even use youtube unless you are using adobe's product. Or can you...
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This is why I use Foxit Reader.
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Does foxit reader have less security holes? When was it written? I think that part of the reason that flash player and adobe reader are so leak prone is because they are so damn old. They were written back in the old days when the security that they had was pretty decent. You can only put so many patches on an old tire.
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