Friday, February 20, 2009

Vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat and Reader – Avira users are safe

Currently attacks with manipulated PDF documents that take advantage of a vulnerability in Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat to smuggle in harmful software are taking place

Tettnang, 20 February 2009 – Criminals are taking advantage of a vulnerability that Adobe has confirmed. Avira’s security solutions recognize the manipulated PDF files and protect users.

The infectious PDF files have appeared in emails. They use some tricks to infiltrate and execute harmful code using the programming language JavaScript. The anti-virus solutions of the German IT security specialist Avira recognize the harmful PDF files with the virus definition file 7.01.02.53 as EXP/Pidief.IN.

We have no detailed information on the vulnerability; Adobe promises to provide an update, but not until 11 March. Until then an anti-virus solution such as Avira AntiVir Professional for business users or Avira AntiVir Personal, Avira AntiVir Premium or Avira Premium Security Suite for private users – is a good help to deactivate the support for JavaScript in the Adobe software. Adobe users should download and install the update for Adobe Reader for versions 9 and older on 11 March.

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.