• ARTICLES
SEARCH

How-To Geek

New Security Hole Found in Adobe Reader and Acrobat: Here is How to Enable Protection Against the Exploit

A new security hole has been found for multiple versions of Adobe Reader and Acrobat, so how do you protect your system until Adobe releases a new update? Our quick tutorial today will show you how to do just that with a quick tweak in the settings for Reader and Acrobat.

Note: We are using Adobe Reader for our example here, but the same tweak applies to Acrobat as well.

The goal of the tweak is to activate the Protected View Feature. Go to the Edit Menu, select Preferences, then look for the Security (Enhanced) listing in the left hand column and click on it. Once that is done you will see two levels of security that can be enabled under the Protected View heading. At a minimum you will want to select Files from potentially unsafe locations, but for maximum effect select the All files option. After making your selection go to the bottom of the window and click the OK Button. That is all there is to it!

The Affected Adobe Software Versions Include:

  • Adobe Reader XI (11.0.01 and earlier) for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader X (10.1.5 and earlier) for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Reader 9.5.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux
  • Adobe Acrobat XI (11.0.01 and earlier) for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat X (10.1.5 and earlier) for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Acrobat 9.5.3 and earlier 9.x versions for Windows and Macintosh

Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat [Adobe]

[via The H Security and CNET News]

Akemi Iwaya (Asian Angel) is our very own Firefox Fangirl who enjoys working with multiple browsers and loves 'old school' role-playing games. Visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 02/14/13

Get Free Articles in Your Inbox!

Join 134,000 newsletter readers

Email:

Go check your email!