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Adobe Issues Pre-Patch Advisory for Reader, Acrobat

Adobe’s widely deployed PDF Reader and Acrobat software products will get security band-aids on May 10 to cover dangerous vulnerabilities that put users at risk of hacker attacks.

In a pre-patch advisory issued today, the company said the upcoming updates will cover “critical” vulnerabilities on the Windows and Max OS X platforms. 

The company urged IT administrators and end users to prepare for security updates for the following products:

  • Acrobat DC Continuous 15.010.20060 and earlier versions (Windows and Macintosh)
  • Acrobat Reader DC Continuous 15.010.20060 and earlier versions (Windows and Macintosh)
  • Acrobat DC Classic 15.006.30121 and earlier versions (Windows and Macintosh)
  • Acrobat Reader DC Classic 15.006.30121 and earlier versions (Windows and Macintosh)

Adobe classifies a “critical” vulnerability as an issue that would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware. 

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a journalist and cybersecurity strategist with more than 20 years experience covering IT security and technology trends. Ryan has built security engagement programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and Kaspersky GReAT. He is a co-founder of Threatpost and the global SAS conference series. Ryan's career as a journalist includes bylines at major technology publications including Ziff Davis eWEEK, CBS Interactive's ZDNet, PCMag and PC World. Ryan is a director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world. Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanaraine.