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New Adobe zero-day hole already exploited, Trojan virus in the wild

Is it just me, or are Adobe Acrobat and Reader about as secure as the contents of President Skroob's suitcase?

Remember that new zero-day exploit which they announced yesterday? Well, if yesterday was day zero it's now day one, and that exploit is being targeted by the bad guys. Trend Micro reports that a trojan is spreading which drops a downloader -- which then drops another downloader. From there, it's a one-way ticket on the express bus to Malware City.

Trend's Smart Protection network has you covered, they say, which is a good thing. There's no word from Adobe yet as to when this hole is going to be closed, so security vendors will need to step up.

There is, of course, a DIY solution you can leverage right now: use a different freakin' PDF reader (Sumatra, Foxit, PDF X-change). Graphics and publishing people who have to use Adobe Acrobat and Reader? Tread lightly. Don't open any PDFs you don't have complete faith in. Also, you have my deepest sympathy.

Tags: acrobat, adobe, exploit, flaw, hole, malware, reader, trojan

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