What's New: Adobe Reader X Features Security

Adobe announced details of their forthcoming upgrade to Adobe Reader, and security is front and center. Adobe plans to release Reader X, as it will be called, by mid-November. The upgrade contains a sandbox feature that seeks to prevent malicious code from accessing a computer's registry or file system directly. The hope is this will slow down the continuing stream of vulnerabilities in Reader that have been exploited by malware authors. Reportedly, Adobe worked with Google and Microsoft on the sandbox technology, which both of those companies have used in their web browsers. Adobe says none of the known exploits of Reader up until now would have worked in the same way in the new version.

Adobe is also doing away with the current interface-within-the-browser, since they found users would get confused about which button or menu to use to print or save a PDF. Instead, users will be able to use the menus from Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari to interact with the PDF.

Clients with ITS TeamCare will be automatically upgraded to the new version once it passes our quality control checks.

Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 01:08 pm CDT

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