Adobe Warns (Again) of "Critical Vulnerability" in Reader and Acrobat

Paul Lilly

We know it's hard to believe, but your Adobe Reader and/or Acrobat software is in need of some patching. That's according to Adobe, which is warning users of a critical vulnerability affecting Reader and Acrobat versions 9.3.4 and earlier.

That's the bad news. The even even worse news is that the vulnerability, when exploited, could crash your machine and potentially allow an attacker to seize control, Adobe says. And the really bad news is that this vulnerability is being actively exploited in the wild.

Ready for the good news? Not so fast, we haven't covered the no-good terrible news. This nasty security hole -- the one the bad guys know about and are currently exploiting -- can't yet be plugged, though if it's any consolation, Adobe promises it's "in the process of evaluating the schedule for an update to resolve this vulnerability." Comforting, isn't it?

Alright, we're finally ready for some good news, and here it is. You don't have to use Adobe products to read those PDF files. One of our favorite free alternatives is Foxit's free Reader program available here .

What do you use to read PDF documents? Let us know in the comments section below.

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