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Re: Security Updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Unread postby melboy » November 17th, 2010, 2:12 pm

Security updates available for Adobe Reader and Acrobat
Release date: November 16, 2010

Critical vulnerabilities have been identified in Adobe Reader 9.4 (and earlier versions) for Windows, Macintosh and UNIX, and Adobe Acrobat 9.4 (and earlier 9.x versions) for Windows and Macintosh. These vulnerabilities could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

In addition to addressing CVE-2010-3654 noted in Security Advisory APSA10-05 and CVE-2010-4091 referenced in the Adobe PSIRT blog ("Potential issue in Adobe Reader"), these updates also incorporate the Adobe Flash Player update as noted in Security Bulletin APSB10-26.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Reader 9.4 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Reader 9.4.1, available now.
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby turtledove » November 17th, 2010, 4:58 pm

Thank you :)
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Re: Security Updates for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

Unread postby Haider » November 26th, 2010, 11:09 pm

Kindly help me to compare Adobe Reader X vs Foxit Reader 4.3 in terms of:

  1. Security
  2. Performance

While posting here I believe this also provides information about Adobe Reader update to an altogether newer version
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby Haider » November 26th, 2010, 11:14 pm

What about Adobe Reader X? (the newest version) :(
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby turtledove » November 27th, 2010, 12:48 am

That link is here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/?no_ab=1
That would be what to update to if you use their reader.
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby Haider » November 27th, 2010, 7:41 am

Thanks turtledove: for replying

Could you or anyone by any chance have tested Adobe Acrobat X and Foxit Reader 4.3, I am interested in a comparison between the two with respect to:
  1. Security
  2. Performance
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby turtledove » November 28th, 2010, 10:38 pm

You're welcome Haider. :)

I don't use Acrobat. I do use Foxit Reader for reading pdf files, it is lighter and free. Unless you want to create pdf files, then you need purchase that. As a reader it does what it should. I can't say about the security differences though.
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby Haider » November 29th, 2010, 2:06 am

Thank you turtledove: once again. For .pdf creation I use http://www.dopdf.com
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby turtledove » November 29th, 2010, 4:48 am

You're welcome. Thanks for the create idea :)
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby Haider » November 29th, 2010, 6:17 am

Thanks, and no problem turtledove: Always a pleasure!
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby askey127 » January 13th, 2011, 8:51 am

Version 10.0 is available.
I use the executable from the ftp site to avoid the add-on toolbars, other junk that comes with the regular installer.
Of course, there are other folders at the ftp site besides /en_US/ for other regions/languages.
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[color=blue][b]Download and Install the newest version of Adobe Reader[/b][/color] for reading pdf files, due to the vulnerabilities in earlier versions.
All versions numbered lower than 10.0 are vulnerable.
Go [b][url=ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/win/10.x/10.0.0/en_US/] HERE [/url][/b] and click on [b]AdbeRdr1000_en_US.exe[/b] to download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Save this file to your desktop and run it to install the latest version of Adobe Reader. 
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby Scolabar » January 13th, 2011, 9:09 am

Thanks for passing on this information askey127. :)
Those add-ons are a bit of a pain to say the least. :roll:
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby turtledove » January 13th, 2011, 12:48 pm

Thanks askey :)
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby askey127 » January 14th, 2011, 11:12 am

Notice, on BC's main page, that it is recommended to set the Adobe Reader 10.0 (Reader X) as follows after it is installed:

Disable Javascript - When the program is open, click on Edit and select Preferences. Then click on the Javascript category and uncheck Enable Acrobat Javascript.

Disable Windows Trusted Sites - When the program is open, click on Edit and select Preferences. Then click on the Security (Enhanced) category and uncheck Automatically trust sites from my Win OS security zones.

Secure Trust Manager - When the program is open, click on Edit and select Preferences. Then click on the Trust Manager category and uncheck Allow opening of non-PDF file attachments with external applications.
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Re: Adobe Reader Updates (please post them here)

Unread postby Scolabar » January 14th, 2011, 12:07 pm

Thanks again, askey127. :)
Impressive how some vendors go to extra lengths to generate security holes in their products! :shock:
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