Adobe addressed two critical flaws in Adobe Acrobat, Reader

The first Adobe security updates for 2019 addresses two critical vulnerabilities in the Acrobat and Reader products.

Adobe addressed two critical vulnerabilities in the Acrobat and Reader products, a use-after-free issue and a security bypass flaw.

The flaws affect the latest versions of Acrobat DC, Acrobat Reader DC, Acrobat 2017 and Acrobat Reader DC 2017 for Windows and macOS.

“Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Acrobat and Reader for Windows and MacOS. These updates address critical vulnerabilities. Successful exploitation could lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user.” reads the security advisory published by Adobe.

The first flaw tracked as CVE-2018-16011 is a use-after-free bug that can lead to arbitrary code execution in the context of the current user. The second issue tracked as CVE-2018-19725 , is a security bypass vulnerability that can result in privilege escalation.

Both flaws received a priority rating of 2 because experts at Adobe believe that their exploitation is not imminent.

Adobe credited Sebastian Apelt and Abdul Aziz Hariri respectively for reporting the CVE-2018-16011 and the CVE-2018-19725 flaws.

Both experts reported the flaws via the Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).

Adobe urges administrators to install the security patches within 30 days.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – Adobe Acrobat, hacking)

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Pierluigi Paganini: Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer. Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US. Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines. Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.

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