Protect your PC from Adobe Reader/Flash vulnerability

Adobe has announced a critical vulnerability in Reader 9.3.2 and earlier, and Flash Player and earlier, that could let attackers take control of users PCs.

There is no patch available at this time, but Adobe suggests installing Flash Player 10.1 (currently in release candidate status) to mitigate the risk. For Reader and Acrobat (on Windows):

Deleting, renaming, or removing access to the authplay.dll file that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x mitigates the threat for those products, but users will experience a non-exploitable crash or error message when opening a PDF file that contains SWF content.

The authplay.dll that ships with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.x for Windows is typically located at C:Program FilesAdobeReader 9.0Readerauthplay.dll for Adobe Reader or C:Program FilesAdobeAcrobat 9.0Acrobatauthplay.dll for Acrobat.

5 thoughts on “Protect your PC from Adobe Reader/Flash vulnerability”

  1. Get rid of the Adobe software that in Steve Jobs words are antiquated and past its usefulness; IE; concerning Flash. As for Reader switch to Foxit Reader, just pay attention doing install process, sadly they want to install links to Ebay and some other crap, yet Foxit is safer and easier to update. See File Hippo.

  2. Do they offer a 64 bit version of Flash Player 10.1 for Linux? Or any stable version?

    I hope that Youtube (then others will follow) makes the HTML5 player the default.

  3. I second that motion Ferdinand, if you are not using Adobe Reader to make and author your own PDFs in a collaborative environment then you are better off using some of the really good alternatives out there like Foxit and Nitro. I use Nitro myself and have not used the full Adobe reader in a long time due to no longer needing some of the functions it offered (add to that the resource/bloatware hogging)

    As for Flash; I am a web designer and programmer, that being said I think Flash gets an undeserved bad rap. It has contributed so much to the web world i mean i remember the web back in the early 90s, flash is a technology that added so much (while not always in the right way) to the web.

    People keep saying its time for it to go and give way to other emerging technologies, but the way i see it the alternatives do not and currently cannot fully fulfill the diverse plethora and portfolio that Flash has. Albeit that might change but not over night.

  4. I’ve always hated Adobe Reader, personally. On Windows, I used Ghostscript. On Linux, I use Xpdf, which is better.

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