If you use Adobe Acrobat on your Mac, you’ll want to grab the patch rolling out now. It contains fixes for a trio of vulnerabilities that could allow attacking applications to gain ‘root’ access on macOS without you knowing.
According to Appleinsider, a malicious program could use these exploits to gain elevated privileges to ‘superuser,’ or root, on macOS. For those unfamiliar with superuser and root, it allows a program with those privileges to do just about anything without users’ knowledge.
Security researcher Yuebin Sun from Tencent Security uncovered the security vulnerabilities. Sun details the discovery in a blog post, noting that the only requirement for exploiting the vulnerabilities is that a user has Adobe Acrobat installed.
Thankfully Adobe has issued an update that patches the vulnerabilities.
You can learn more about the flaw and Adobe’s response in the company’s security bulletin.