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Adobe readies critical Reader update

Adobe has promised to release a patch for a critical hole in its Adobe Reader and Acrobat PDF software next Tuesday (5 October). The updates will address a zero-day cross-platform vulnerability first discovered three weeks ago that creates a possible mechanism for hackers to take over vulnerable PCs. The software developer …
John Leyden, 1 Oct 2010
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FSFE calls on governments to stop pushing Adobe Reader

Free software and open standards advocates are encouraging web users to put pressure on governments not to 'advertise' proprietary Adobe software as a tool for reading documents created in PDF format. Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is asking users to conduct a month-long 'hunt' for examples of what it says is the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Sep 2010
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PDF security hole opens can of worms

The security perils of PDF files have been further highlighted by new research illustrating how a manipulated file might be used to infect other PDF files on a system. Jeremy Conway, an application security researcher at NitroSecurity, said the attack scenario he has discovered shows PDFs are "wormable". Computer viruses are …
John Leyden, 6 Apr 2010
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Booby-trapping PDF files: A new how-to

Updated A security researcher has demonstrated a mechanism that exploits PDF files without taking advantage of any particular vulnerabilities. Didier Stevens' proof of concept exploit relies on running an executable embedded in a PDF file - something that ought to be blocked - by launching a command that ultimately runs an executable …
John Leyden, 31 Mar 2010

Adobe begins to charge in online apps battle

Adobe has moved its online software suite out of beta and will ask US customers to pay for the privilege of using its the combined productivity and collaboration offering, as of today. provides the ability to create and work on documents online, junking the need to bounce updates around organisations. The …
Joe Fay, 15 Jun 2009

Microsoft opens up for Office SP2

Microsoft has announced a second service pack for Office 2007, providing performance boosts for Outlook and SharePoint Server, plus support for PDF and ODF file formats. Office SP2 also includes more reliable calendaring, improved Outlook stability, better charting facilities in Excel and more control over graphics' appearance …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2009
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Dungeons & Dragons slays its digital distribution

Wizards of the Coast, publisher of Dungeons & Dragons, has pulled all digital editions of its products from online stores today in response to finding that its new D&D Player's Handbook is being illegally distributed over P2P and file-sharing websites. The Washington-state-based gaming company also filed three lawsuits today …
Austin Modine, 7 Apr 2009
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FoxIT update defends against PDF peril

It's not only Adobe Reader that needs patching against maliciously constructed PDF files. Targeted attacks against an unpatched flaw in Adobe Reader over recent weeks has stimulated interest in alternative PDF viewers, such as FoxIT. However FoxIT is also vulnerable to the same type of threat, promoting the release of a …
John Leyden, 9 Mar 2009
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Adobe and Nokia pledge $10m for Flash and AIR apps

Adobe and Nokia are offering developers a Google-size pile of cash as incentive to write applications for Flash Player and AIR running across different types of devices. The companies today unveil a $10m fund to assist development and marketing of applications that further the Open Screen Project. They are making the …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Feb 2009
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RIM squashes BlackBerry PDF peril

Research in Motion (RIM) has published a patch that fixes a pair of critical flaws in the way BlackBerry servers handle malformed PDF files. The two related security updates address vulnerabilities in the PDF Distiller of the BlackBerry Attachment Service for BlackBerry Unite and BlackBerry Enterprise Server, respectively. As …
John Leyden, 14 Jan 2009
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Adobe and SpringSource meet on RIA

Adobe Systems is collaborating with SpringSource on rich-internet applications combining Flash, AIR and PDF with open-source Java for the enterprise. The companies Monday announced planned integration between Flash, AIR and PDF served up via the Spring Java framework and SpringSource platforms. Adobe is working with …
Gavin Clarke, 9 Dec 2008
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Google - your source for FREE Adobe gear

Analysis With his ill-fated defense of Google's multi-million dollar Yahoo! handshake, chief legal officer David Drummond told Congress the search engine tie-up would rejuvenate the Yahoo! web with "better, more interesting ads." It's a common Google refrain. If you believe the party line, Mountain View's top secret advertising money …
Cade Metz, 26 Nov 2008

School to hand out e-textbooks

A London school’s pencilled in plans to ditch old-style textbooks because it wants pupils to swot up using mobile phones instead. The Hackney City Academy, which is due to open in September 2009, plans to put PDF copies of its textbooks onto its intranet, from where pupils can access the books directly from their handsets or …
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Adobe patches Reader flaw

Security watchers are warning of a critical flaw affecting older versions of Adobe Reader. Hackers might be able to exploit the bug using specially crafted pdf files with JavaScript content, Core Security warns. Ivan Arce, CTO at Core Security, said the security bug was discovered while investigating a previously disclosed …
John Leyden, 4 Nov 2008

Yahoo! and! Adobe! sign! ad-packed! PDF! pact!

Despite my ma always saying ‘if you knew your times tables as well as your adverts’, people today still can’t escape advertising and the problem’s set to get even worse. Yahoo! has signed up with Adobe to incorporate targeted adverts into PDF documents. The scheme is optional, but unfortunately only for the advertiser. …
James Sherwood, 29 Nov 2007
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Microsoft sics worldwide braintrust on XP vuln

Escalating attacks exploiting a serious weakness in PDF files have prompted Microsoft to issue an all-hands-on-deck call to fix a vulnerability that lurks in the bowels of Windows XP. "We currently have teams worldwide who are working around the clock to develop an update of appropriate quality for broad distribution," Bill …
Dan Goodin, 26 Oct 2007
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Nasty PDF exploit runs wild

A day after Adobe patched a serious security hole in its Reader and Acrobat programs, miscreants are flooding email inboxes with malware-tainted PDF files that try to remotely hijack vulnerable computers. The malware, identified by Symantec researchers as Trojan.Pidief.A, is included in PDF files attached to a "fair number of …
Dan Goodin, 24 Oct 2007

Adobe embroiled in War of the Fed-Ex Kinko Button

America's printing companies aren't too happy about the new FedEx Kinko's button that's turned up on Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader. Well, printing companies other than FedEx Kinko's. In June, Adobe and FedEx Kinko's announced new versions of Acrobat and Reader that include a button for sending PDF docs straight to FedEx Kinko' …
Cade Metz, 31 Jul 2007

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