Adobe Warns of Potential Reader Flaw
Adobe Systems Inc. is warning about a potential new security flaw in the latest versions of its Adobe Reader products.
In its product security incident response team blog, Adobe issued a brief advisory on Monday, saying it is investigating reports of a security hole in Adobe Reader 9.1 and 8.1.4. The company says it will provide an update once it gets more information.
This also reminds me of a question I received in my most recent Security Fix Live Online last Friday:
Denver CO:Because of the recent vulnerabilities discovered in Adobe Reader a lot of tech folks are moving their staff to alternative PDF readers. Do you think using adobe reader and/or adobe acrobat is no longer a good idea?
Brian Krebs: I think diversity is a good thing, especially in computer software and operating systems. Given equal or better alternatives, using a software package that is not the clear market leader is often a smart move from a security perspective.
For some time now, I have recommended the free Foxit Reader over Adobe's PDF reader, which I find bloated and slow. The potential security benefits are an added bonus.
As an alternative, I generally recommend the free and lightweight Foxit Reader (like Adobe's Reader it now comes bundled with a toolbar that you may want to opt out of installing). But there are other free PDF readers, including Sumatra PDF and PDF-XChange Viewer.
April 28, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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