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Kudos0

Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

Is Adobe sort of runnining reader 9.4.1 and Reader X as current versions simultanously?

 If I go to ADOBE website, on the home page if you click get adobe reader, it will take you to download ADOBE Reader X

But if you go to  the ADOBE website  home page and click the download tab, when you check for downloads on Reader for Windows, it shows Reader 9.4.1 as the most recent download and says nothing about Reader X

Does that indicate that at this point Reader 9.4.1 is still safe to use? ( I know Reader X has more security, but is version 9.4.1 still safe?)

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Kudos0

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

Is Adobe sort of runnining reader 9.4.1 and Reader X as current versions simultanously?

 If I go to ADOBE website, on the home page if you click get adobe reader, it will take you to download ADOBE Reader X

But if you go to  the ADOBE website  home page and click the download tab, when you check for downloads on Reader for Windows, it shows Reader 9.4.1 as the most recent download and says nothing about Reader X

Does that indicate that at this point Reader 9.4.1 is still safe to use? ( I know Reader X has more security, but is version 9.4.1 still safe?)

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Kudos5

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

For many languages other than English, 9.4.1 is the only version available. Both versions are considered to be fully patched at the moment, but none of them is foolproof, not even the new 'sandboxed' Adobe Reader, which still by design has some smaller doors through which a potential exploit could break out of the sandbox.

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 -- NIS 21
Kudos0

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

So is version 9.4.1 safe to keep using?

are others still using  9.4.1 and WAITING until moving to Adobe Reader X?

I have reader in the ADOBE forums that Reader X is having problems.

Kudos3

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

You have an increased risk of infection because of your choice to use older versions to save you from the chance of program conflicts, which are easier to fix.  You want us to reassure you that you are making the right decision.  We can't.  One of the cardinal rules of internet safety is to make sure that all your apps are properly patched and updated, which you don't do.  You often don't believe us when we tell you you are protected, and don't believe us either when we tell you that you are not.  Are you prepared to accept somebody telling you that 9.4 is perfectly safe and close the thread, satisfied?

Under certain circumstances profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.Mark Twain
Kudos0

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

Adobe Reader X has been released in many languages now.

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 -- NIS 21
Kudos0

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X


Calls wrote:

So is version 9.4.1 safe to keep using?

are others still using  9.4.1 and WAITING until moving to Adobe Reader X?

I have reader in the ADOBE forums that Reader X is having problems.


Secunia seems to think it's safe to keep using version 9.4.1. 

Two months ago, I asked you to install the  Secunia Personal Software Inspector when you advised that you were still using IE7. I notice that user bjm_ has also asked you to do this recently as well with regards to your Java issues. Did you try this software at all? Page 3 of the Secunia Setup and Usage Guide provides a brief overview as to what this software does:


1. Secunia PSI 2.0 – Vulnerabilities and “patching”

The Secunia PSI is a vulnerability and patch scanner for your personal computer. It is a free

tool designed for the sole purpose of helping you secure your computer from vulnerabilities.

This is done by updating the insecure program to a later version that fixes the vulnerability, a

process also referred to as “patching”.

Unlike the many general update checkers available that will offer you to install any version that

is newer than the one you already have installed, the Secunia PSI only suggests an updated

version if the version you currently have installed is affected by a known vulnerability that the

vendor has fixed in a newer version. Newer does not necessarily mean more secure.


 So, to illustrate what PSI does, the Adobe Reader software on this PC is currently version 9.3. PSI detects that this version is insecure and advises that it needs to be updated:

 After Adobe Reader is updated to version 9.4.1, Secunia PSI advises that it is now patched and up-to-date:

 If you look at the first screenshot above, you will notice Adobe AIR is end-of-life. Do you have this software installed? If you do, would you have known that it's considered end-of-life and that it has some serious vulnerabilities?

Calls, ultimately the choice is yours as to whether or not you install this software. All we can do is give you options that will make keeping your computer secure less of a chore. So, for now, it's OK to stay with version 9.4.1 of the Adobe Reader.

Kudos0

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

Over the Internet I keep on hearing about PDF Readers being a major hacker attack target and even a F-Secure tech said not to use it at all (outdated article).  I came across this web page about setting up Adobe Reader properly:

http://blog.eset.com/2010/04/07/keeping-adobe-reader-and-acrobat-safe

Robert

Kudos1

Re: Adobe Reader 9.4.1 and Adobe Reader X

Adobe Reader X has a protected mode, a sandbox, which makes viewing PDF's safer.  Reader 9 versions do not have the sandbox.

Under certain circumstances profanity provides relief denied even to prayer.Mark Twain