Adobe usually releases security updates for its software on Patch Tuesday, but they apparently decided that the seven vulnerabilities addressed in Acrobat Reader DC 2018.011.20063 shouldn’t be delayed.
The release annoucement for Adobe Reader 2018.011.20063 provides some details about the vulnerabilities. One of them, CVE-2018-12848, can lead to Arbitrary Code Execution, and is flagged as Critical.
It’s important to keep Acrobat Reader DC up to date, because it’s still being used to deliver malware, embedded in PDF documents. It’s especially important if you’ve enabled Reader in your web browser.
If you use Acrobat Reader DC, you can check whether it’s up to date by navigating its menu to
About Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. There’s also a
Check for Updates function in the
Help menu. On my Windows 8.1 computer, a Windows Task Scheduler task (added by Adobe) updated the software within a few hours of the new version’s release.