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Adobe's security woes continue as new exploits found in Reader, Flash

2009 has been a rough one so far for Adobe when it comes to security. Reader has become an increasingly popular target for malware authors, and Flash has been plagued with vulnerabilities. Trend Micro reaserchers have hit on new flaws in Adobe Reader 9.1.2, and Flash Player 9 /10. According to Trend, "Once a user opens a specially crafted PDF file, two binary executables are dropped and executed...

Adobe steps up, responds quickly to latest exploit

Recently, a critical Javascript vulnerability was discovered in Adobe Reader which affected several versions on all platforms. It was the second major exploit this year targeting the application. Adobe has responded quickly, putting together updates for Windows, Mac, and Linux in less than two weeks. While an immediate "Patch Tuesday" fix a la Microsoft would have been even better, it's good to...

Yet another security flaw surfaces in Adobe Reader

It hasn't been the best couple of weeks for Adobe Reader. First there was the advice from F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen to stop using Reader and switch to an alternative. Now there's word of a new security flaw that is known to affect versions 8.14 and 9.1 for Linux and could also affect other versions of the program on other operating systems. The exploit takes advantage of the javascript getAnnots()...

Antivirus maker F-Secure slams Adobe on security, says "quit using Reader"

In case you weren't in attendance at this year's RSA conference in San Francisco, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen has a pro tip for you: stop using Adobe Reader. Hypponen doesn't place all the blame on Adobe. Part of the reason for suggesting the switch is the nearly twenty-fold increase in drive-by downloads that target Reader specifically. It's now become the most popular target for this type of...

PDF Browser Plugin for Mac browsers

The Mac's built-in PDF support is pretty strong, which is nice because if there's one piece of software I have always despised for its unnecessary bloat, it would be Adobe Reader. To be honest, I've always liked the fact that when I come across a PDF online, clicking to open it results in it being downloaded and opened in the built-in Preview application. Opening PDFs in the browser was always...

Perfect PDF is a solid Adobe Reader alternative

Though Adobe Reader has come a long way in the past couple versions, there are other good options available for displaying PDF files. For Windows users, Perfect PDF Reader may be an enticing alternative. Apart from the obvious addition of a ribbon interface, Perfect PDF adds a number of useful features. There are three views to choose from - standard, reading view, and a full-screen reading....

Adobe Acrobat bug more dangerous than originally thought

The Adobe Acrobat vulnerability that was reported here back on February 20th remains unpatched, and it now appears that the risk the bug presents is even greater than originally thought. Because of the way Adobe integrates into Windows explorer - to provide metadata information about PDF files - there is a chance that your system could become infected without ever opening a single file. Since the...

Adobe warns of critical vulnerability in Reader, Acrobat

Bad news for anyone that utilizes Adobe's Acrobat software, or Adobe reader to view PDF files. A critical vulnerability has been identified that can cause the applications to crash and allow an attacker to control the affected system. All versions from 7 forward on all operating systems are suspected to be at risk. According to the announcement from Adobe, this isn't just a possibility, it's...

PDFMeNot Offers Flash-based Online Viewing

When people think about the most irritating apps on their computer, Adobe Reader usually shows up on the list. Our readers tend to think the alternatives (like Foxit) are the way to go, and I couldn't agree more. That's why I decided to give PDFMeNot's web app a try. I'm a Foxit user, but I really don't use PDF files that often. If PDFMeNot works well, that's one more app I can leave off my...

Adobe Reader 9 released, Adobe Reader Lite 9 unofficially released

Adobe Reader 9 is out, and while the latest version of Adobe's popular PDF reader offers faster launch speeds and native support for Flash content, it still takes forever to run Adobe Reader on some computer systems. If you've ever come across an unexpected PDF link on the web, you know what we mean. While there are plenty of alternative PDF readers (some of our favorites include Foxit and...

Download Squad Week in Review

The time between Christmas and New Year's is what folks in the biz typically like to call a slow news period. But in the fast-paced world of technology (cue the Quantum Leap-them song styled synth pop), the news never stops. Here are some of the stories you might have missed if you were spending too much quality time with the family this week. Flipping the Linux Switch: The GNOME Desktop...

PDF-XChange: Another light weight Adobe Reader alternative

We spend a lot of time reading PDF documents here at Download Squad HQ, so we're always on the lookout for full featured PDF viewers that don't take as long to load as Adobe Reader. We've looked at Foxit and Sumatra in the past, and we've been pretty happy. The other day when we wrote about another solution, Adobe Reader Lite, which strips some unnecessary plugins from Adobe Reader to improve...

Adobe Reader Lite: Blazing fast version of Adobe Reader 8

Adobe may have pioneered the PDF format, but it's been a long time since we've recommended anyone download the free but bulky Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files. Foxit Reader can open pretty much anything Adobe Reader can, but much much faster. A few months ago we took another look at Adobe Reader, when we found Adobe Reader Speedup, which lets you remove some of the plugins that come with Adobe...