Adobe Acrobat Reader issues

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by Fly, Jun 25, 2008.

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  1. Fly

    Fly Registered Member

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    On my current setup (Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.2) acropdf.dll is the only Acrobat Reader ActiveX, and it's working fine. I don't want all that junk.

    Now I did notice a reported vulnerability in Acrobat Reader 8.1.2 on secunia.com.

    I tried to update, but that update brought all sorts of stuff on my computer, ActiveX and even something (plural or singular) in the software panel. The BHO was also annoying. I must admit that I was not aware of what everything did, but I didn't like it, so I uninstalled everything and reinstalled the original 8.1.2. And then I did some cleaning, like removing the BHO and stuff on the startup list.

    Since when can't an Adobe document simply be a document, without all sorts of junk ?

    Has anyone found a workaround, other than disabling scripting computer-wide ?
     
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  3. Fly

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    I don't think people really want to have PDF documents that can sing and dance ! :D

    I've decided to stick to version 8 for now, with javascript disabled.
     
  4. ASpace

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    It is more vulnarable and more popular than other similar applications .
    It is much bigger and slower (like a real elephant) than other similar applications.
    It brings unwante crap to users' machines.
    It is getting bigger and bigger with any newer version . v8 was terribly big . v9 is 33+ Mbs
    Sorry , I don't want it

    Yes . It is called Foxit Reader
    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/

    Not than popular , not that vulnerable , a single exe file -> only 2.55 Mbs

    If you need other products for editing PDFs - Foxit Software offers other products , too - they are not as bloated as Adobe's
     
  5. AKAJohnDoe

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    I had Adobe Reader 8.1.2 installed, saw that V9 was available, so I uninstalled V8 and installed V9. I uninstalled V9 immediately. Now I have PDF-XChange installed.
     
  6. Ocky

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    For me PDF Xchange Viewer is the best, already mentioned by AKAJohnDoe.
    There is also a lite version of Adobe Reader 9 here at 16.5MB.
     
  7. Rmus

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    Many just hold onto a previous version.

    Still using Version 6 with all but the two necessary plugins removed, I find that the Reader starts instantly, and continues to do its basic job of "reading" a .pdf file.

    As far as vulnerabilities: with no access to (the very few) real attacks in the wild, I've tested all PoCs I've seen, and all have failed to run.


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  8. wat0114

    wat0114 Guest

    The free Foxit is all I need and use. I fully endorse this excellent software :)
     
  9. Kerodo

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    Yep, have used Foxit a lot over the years... it is good. I have yet to try the currently mentioned Pdf Xchange....
     
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