Security Updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Number: AV13-010
Date: February 22, 2013


The purpose of this advisory is to bring attention to the recently released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.


Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat addressing previously identified zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Windows, Apple OSX and Linux systems. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and possibly allow an attacker to seize control of an affected system. These vulnerabilities have been used in targeted attacks through spear phishing campaigns by being delivered as an email attachment attempting to trick victims into opening a malicious PDF file.

CVE Reference(s): CVE-2013-0640, CVE-2013-0641

Affected Product(s):

Suggested action

CCIRC recommends that system administrators identify their affected assets and potential interdependencies with organization's critical services and follow their patch management process accordingly.

Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions.


Note to Readers

In support of Public Safety's mission to build a safe and resilient Canada, CCIRC's mandate is to help ensure the security and resilience of the vital non-federal government cyber systems that underpin Canada's national security, public safety and economic prosperity. As Canada's computer security incident response team, CCIRC is Canada's national coordination centre for the prevention and mitigation of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from cyber incidents on non-federal government systems. It does this by providing authoritative advice and support, and coordinating information sharing and incident response.

Please note, CCIRC PGP key has recently been updated.

For general information, please contact Public Safety Canada's Public Affairs division at:

Telephone: 613-944-4875 or 1-800-830-3118
Fax: 613-998-9589

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