Adobe issues critical updates
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Published on August 25, 2014
Adobe has recently released patch updates for Adobe Reader, Acrobat, Flash Player, and AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime). At least seven security holes in the programs were fixed by the patch update. If you are using multiple web browsers, you may need to install the update two or more times, as Internet Explorer requires that the update be applied separately from the way Flash Player is updated in Firefox, Opera, and if you use Chrome, you’ll want to make sure you have the most recent automatic update from Adobe. You can see if you have the most recent version of the Flash player at this location on the Adobe website.
As separate update for Adobe AIR, which powers small web apps such as the Pandora desktop music player has also had a security update applied to it. If you use Adobe AIR, you will also want to get this update. If you use and Adobe AIR app, they should automatically prompt you to update the next time you use it. While Adobe indicates they are not aware of any specific threats that are targeting either the Flash or AIR vulnerabilities, it is still a good idea for you to apply any necessary security updates.
Adobe has indicated that the Windows version of both Adobe Reader and Acrobat reader are vulnerable to known threats that can be eliminated by installing the most recent security updates for these applications. You’ll find the most recent Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader updates here. These updates only impact the Windows versions of these applications, the Mac OS X version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat are not affected.
As Adobe releases security updates and patches to fix bugs on regular basis, we recommend a weekly or monthly routine for checking and applying updates. We do this in the classrooms where we teach Adobe training classes to make certain they are not vulnerable and are running the most recent and stable versions of these Adobe applications.
About the author
Christopher Smith is president of American Graphics Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the creator and editor of the Digital Classroom book series. At American Graphics Institute, he provides strategic technology consulting to marketing professionals, publishers and to large technology companies including Google, Apple, and Microsoft. He delivers workshops relating to digital marketing, web analytics, SEO, and SEM. He is also the author of more than 10 books on electronic publishing tools and technologies, including the Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies. Christopher did his undergraduate studies the at the University of Minnesota, and then worked for Quark, Inc. prior to joining American Graphics Institute where he has worked for 20 years.