Beware of Malicious Files in Adobe Bridge – Update Your Software Now

CVSScvssV3_1: 7.8

Adobe Bridge is a file browsing and organization tool developed by Adobe Systems. According to security researchers, versions 12.0.3 and earlier as well as 13.0.1 and earlier of Adobe Bridge are vulnerable to a code execution attack when opening specially crafted files.

The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2023-22230, has a CVSS score of 7.8 indicating its potential impact is high. It allows a hacker to exploit an out-of-bounds write issue in Adobe Bridge to execute arbitrary code on the victim’s machine with the privileges of the current user.

In simple terms, this means a hacker could create a malicious file that, when opened in the affected versions of Adobe Bridge, could allow the installation of malware or the theft of sensitive information like passwords and bank details. The attack requires the victim to open a boobytrapped file, so social engineering plays a key role.

The best way users can protect themselves is by updating to the latest version of Adobe Bridge. Adobe has released patches addressing this vulnerability, so all Bridge users are highly recommended to update immediately. It is also safest not to open files from untrusted or unknown sources unless essential. Staying vigilant against suspicious emails claiming to contain images or documents is important as well.