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Adobe Patches Gaping Security Holes in Acrobat, Reader, Photoshop

Adobe’s security update engine revved into overdrive this month with the release of patches for at least 78 documented software vulnerabilities, some serious enough to expose corporate customers to remote code execution attacks.

Adobe’s security update engine revved into overdrive this month with the release of patches for at least 78 documented software vulnerabilities, some serious enough to expose corporate customers to remote code execution attacks.

The San Jose, California software maker’s Patch Tuesday drop this month covers holes in Adobe Acrobat and Reader, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Adobe Commerce.

The Adobe Acrobat and Reader update, rated critical, covers a total of 62 vulnerabilities that the company acknowledges could be exploited to cause major damage.  The update is available for both Windows and macOS users.

“Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution, memory leak, security feature bypass and privilege escalation,” Adobe said. 

[ READ: Adobe Joins Security Patch Tuesday Frenzy ]

In an advisory, the company said the majority of the bugs were reported through the ZDI (Zero Day Initiative) bug bounty program, adding that it was not aware of any live exploitation of these flaws.

Separately, the company rolled out patches for its flagship Adobe Photoshop software, warning that both Windows and macOS users are exposed to malicious hacker attacks.

The update covers at least 13 documented vulnerabilities in Photoshop 2021 and Photoshop 2022 and Adobe notes that successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user.

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The Adobe patches also include cover for a pair of code execution flaws in Adobe After Effects and a critical issue haunting the Adobe Commerce product line.

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Ryan Naraine is Editor-at-Large at SecurityWeek and host of the popular Security Conversations podcast series. He is a security community engagement expert who has built programs at major global brands, including Intel Corp., Bishop Fox and GReAT. Ryan is a founding-director of the Security Tinkerers non-profit, an advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs, and a regular speaker at security conferences around the world.

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