Nearly every computer has Adobe's Reader installed by default - it's what you typically use to open PDF files. If your computer has Adobe Reader, then you need these critical updates.
After missing the boat on last week's Update Tuesday from Microsoft, Adobe has finally released 8 critical patches for Adobe Reader and Acrobat.
Just as a refresher, Adobe Reader is a program for reading PDF files and Adobe Acrobat is a program for making them. If you want to ditch Adobe's products, check out PDF=Xchange Viewer for reading and light editing, and doPDF for creating PDFs.
Five of the Adobe security flaws could allow a hacker to run a malicious program if you open an infected PDF file. Learn how hackers trick you into downloading files using phishing scams.
The other three flaws taken together could allow that malicious program to take over your computer. So, it's a serious problem.