Adobe Releases Patch to Fix Microsoft Excel Exploit

Adobe have announced the release of a new patch for a vulnerability that was recently discovered in its Reader and Acrobat software. The fix will also sort out an issue that had exposed a critical vulnerability in the Flash Player. The company has already released s security advisory telling people that hackers had found a way to use Microsoft Excel to exploit a vulnerability in Flash Player by sending malicious files via email. The flaw also existed in the authplay.dll component found in Reader and Acrobat. “There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via a Flash (.swf) file embedded in a Microsoft Excel (.xls) file delivered as an email attachment. At this time, Adobe is not aware of attacks targeting Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Adobe Reader X Protected Mode mitigations would prevent an exploit of this kind from executing,” the company said in a blog post at the time. The problem had been exploited by hackers, who could take control of a machine and even shut it down, just through the use of malicious Micorsoft Excel files. The company have also confirmed that they have found no evidence that something similar could be done using pdf files instead.
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