Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your computer ...
Microsoft and Adobe inform their users they have all sorts of security
flaws and even Mac users are affected.
First, Adobe: Not only do
the "critical vulnerabilities" in Adobe Reader 9.1.1 and Acrobat 9.1.1
"and earlier versions" cause the applications to crash, but they also
can make your computer vulnerable to an "attacker." So this is the deal:
users of Adobe Reader 9 and Acrobat 9 and earlier versions update to
Adobe Reader 9.1.2 and Acrobat 9.1.2. Adobe recommends users of Acrobat
8 update to Acrobat 8.1.6, and users of Acrobat 7 update to Acrobat
7.1.3. For Adobe Reader users who can’t update to Adobe Reader 9.1.2,
Adobe has provided the Adobe Reader 8.1.6 and Adobe Reader 7.1.3
Got that? This is on both Windows and Macintosh systems. The appropriate updates can be found here
scroll down to the "solutions" sub-header. Security updates for UNIX
systems won't be available until June 16, but at that time will be
added to the same link.
The updates resolve more than 8
vulnerabilities discovered by a bunch of different folks, including the
Apple Product Security Team and the IBM Internet Security X-Force. No
word if Wolverine is a member of either team. He tends to prefer to
Microsoft's updates fix what has been reported by Reuters
as "a record 31 security flaws."
issues were patched in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer
and Microsoft Office, as well as in Microsoft Internet Information
Services, which some businesses use. Six of the flaws were listed as
critical and could allow for remote code executions - in other words,
could allow someone to take control of your computer. Some can directly
allow that, others elevate the hacker's permission levels, allowing
them to create accounts and shut out users and, basically, take over
your system or computer.
All the updates for home computers are detailed on this page
, which includes a link to the patch downloads. Microsoft thanked a bunch of people for reporting the flaws, including the Zero Day Initiative and the Beaverton School District. Go Beavers