Friday, December 18, 2009

Online Comics carry Adobe PDF infection ...

The final paragraph of this story has my preferred option: uninstall Adobe Reader and install Foxit Reader.  If you do that, please email me asking for my Foxit Reader Registry Hack which turns off the Foxit advertising panel and disables Javascript with two clicks.

Security Fix - Hackers exploit Adobe Reader flaw via comic strip syndicate
Hackers broke into an online comic strip syndication service Thursday, embedding malicious code that sought to exploit a newly discovered security flaw in Adobe Reader and Acrobat, Security Fix has learned.

On Monday, Adobe Systems Inc. said it was investigating reports that criminals were attacking Internet users via a previously unknown security flaw in its Adobe Reader and Acrobat software. Experts warned that the flaw could be used to foist software on unsuspecting users who visit a hacked or booby-trapped Web site.

... Adobe said it does not plan to issue a software update to fix the flaw until Jan. 12, 2010.

Adobe says turning off Javascript in Adobe Reader and Acrobat should help mitigate the threat from this vulnerability (instructions on how to do that are available here).

Alternatively, Internet users may want to consider uninstalling Adobe Reader in favor of another free PDF reader program, such as Foxit Reader.

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