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08 December 2011, 16:33

Foxit Reader 5 update close security hole

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Foxit Reader logo Version 5.1.3 of Foxit Software's PDF Reader product has been released which closes a security hole that could be exploited to compromise a victim's system. According to the company, previous versions of Foxit Reader contained a vulnerability, rated as "highly critical" by security specialist Secunia, is said to be caused by the "cross-border assignment of an array" which results in memory corruption.

For an attack to be successful, a victim must first open a specially crafted PDF file. The issue was reported to the company early last month and versions up to and including Foxit Reader are affected; users are advised to upgrade to 5.1.3 to fix the issue.

More details about the update, which includes other non-security bug fixes, can be found in the release announcement. Foxit Reader 5.1.3 is available to download from the company's site; existing users can select "Check for Updates Now" under the Reader help menu to upgrade to the new release.

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