By Daniel Armao, Security Advisor (Guest blogger)
Adobe has released information that its PDF software Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat have two new critical vulnerabilities (CVE-2009-1492 and CVE-2009-1493). If exploited, the vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take control over victim’s computer and download malware to steal banking information, turn the computer into a botnet, or download fake “antivirus” programs. The vulnerability could be exploited by viewing a website or opening an email attachment.
Some security experts have recommended using an alternative PDF which can be found at: http://pdfreaders.org/. Other alternatives not listed are Foxit Reader and CutePDF.
The drive by download attacks that take advantage of the Adobe PDF vulnerability in web browsers may be prevented by ZoneAlarm ForceField. ForceField’s technology puts your computer in a “protective bubble” that isolates the browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.) from the rest of the hard drive preventing drive by downloads from downloading and modifying system files without your consent.
More information will become available at Adobe's security bulletin and advisories at: http://www.adobe.com/support/security/