Still no patch for Adobe Reader ?

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    The patches for zero day flaw for both the 9 and 7/8 versions have been
    released - but only for Windows and Mac. :thumbd: :thumbd:
    No mention is made of a Linux patch as far as I can see on Adobe's site.
    I hope they have not put the release on the backburner !
    I need Adobe Reader 8 for efiling income tax returns. Have installed
    patched 8.1.4 in Windows but prefer to use Linux.
     
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    You should not worry too much. The application runs limited, so any exploit probably won't work. The fear hype is always a major issue with these things, but it's nothing new. There's an x application with y vulnerability.

    Even on Windows, when running with surun/srp/lua/whatever, nothing much will happen. Besides, the shell handler thingie is a pure window issue.

    Furthermore, you have tons of alternatives available.

    If you REALLY worry, try live CD. You can install Adobe in live CD.

    Mrk
     
  3. tlu

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    Ocky,

    I agree with Mrk that there are many alternatives. But if you really need the Adobe Reader, version 8.1.3 can be found on the medibuntu repositories.
     
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    Thank you for allaying some of my concerns. Can you recommend an
    alternative that will enable me to fill in form fields etc. ? As mentioned
    that is needed for completing my income tax return online. (For instance in
    Windows I mainly use PDF XChange Viewer but was unable to use it online
    for filling in form fields etc. in my tax return. I had to use Adobe.)

    The Linux patch for the 8.1.3 version I have now will be 8.1.4 when it is
    finally released - if ever.
     
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    Tax return files should be ok ... It's crafted files you should "worry" about and I don't see how this fits the bill.
    Mrk
     
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    Evince is a far better alternative to Adobe Reader, I don't even bother installing the older version 8 in Ubuntu.
     
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    Well, can you fill in the blocks in this example (taken from tax site)
    http://downloads.sarsefiling.co.za/ITCOR_En_C001.pdf
    One letter/number per block. I can't with Evince, the text shows, but not
    on a per block basis. (Opera 9.64).

    ..and what about the certificate details (GeoTrust) - nothing shown plus the form fields can't be highlighted.

    In other words Evince no can do interactive form fields, so I need Adobe, unless there is something else.
     
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    From Adobe site. "Adobe now plans to make available Adobe Reader 9.1 and Adobe Reader 8.1.4 for Unix by March 24."
     
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