Do not open unexpected PDF e-mail attachments!
Do not open any unexpected e-mail attachments!
Got that? Good. Then we can move on to an important security update from Adobe.
- If you are running Windows XP and Acrobat 8 (any version), then open Acrobat and click on Help / Check for updates. You should be offered an update to version 8.1.1. Install it!
- If you are running Windows XP and Acrobat 7 Reader, then go to the Adobe web site and update to the Acrobat 8 Reader.
- If you are running Windows XP and Acrobat 7 Standard or Professional, then check Acrobat for updates every few days. Adobe will release a similar patch for version 7 soon.
- If you are running Windows Vista, you are not vulnerable to this security issue.
Earlier this month, the bad guys discovered a way to create a PDF with a virus – a PDF that would execute malicious code on a computer when the PDF was opened. The first bad PDFs are now turning up in e-mail messages sent from Russian servers with attachments named YOUR_BILL.PDF or INVOICE.PDF. The names will undoubtedly change quickly. Adobe’s fix prevents the virus from working.
Be safe out there!