This year's most-hacked software

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  1. Ocky

    Ocky Registered Member

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    Can someone please comment on whether Foxit Reader is less vulnerable than Adobe? Thanks.
     
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    Good question. I've been using Foxit for a few years, but I don't know if it's less vulnerable or not. My main reason for using it is it's a lot less bloated than Adobe's and still serves my purposes adequately. No doubt it's far less of a target than Adobe, basically a case of "security through obscurity"
     
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    I use Cool PDF Reader now instead of Foxit. Foxit is too bloated now for my taste. And although others say different I couldn't deselect the adware/toolbar/bundled software Foxit now includes.
     
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    I've never tried Foxit myself, though I've heard warnings here and elsewhere that it's got security problems of its own (probably not as bad as Adobe, though).

    Most PDF's I run into I'll typically want to save for future reference, at least for a while -- for those, I use the PDF Xchange viewer.
     
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    Firefox at number three eh? I figured it would be in the top ten, but didn't think it would rate this high on the list.
     
  7. Mrkvonic

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    I'm starting to hate websites that count vulnerabilities as potatoes and seriously consider blacklisting them forever. Not only is this method high-school quality of research, it's wrong on every level.

    So what if Adobe had 300 vulnerabilities, how many were exploited, and to what level? How long was the window of opportunity open? How long between patches? Was there full disclosure? Were these problems discovered before or after the patch was provided? Local exploits? Remote?

    Simply counting advisories is stupid. I can't begin to imagine the woodshop certificate that some of the people writing about security have.

    Then the term, simply by visiting websites, you get infected ... WRONG. Erroneous, misleading, fear-mongering.

    Most-hacked ... and using the term "hacking" as the buzz word.

    But the most important thing is to write an article with a catchy title that people will read, get afraid and frustrated and then come back for more. Journalism as a way of e-prostitution.

    Mrk
     
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    Well, I might as well turn off my computer. :D The only app I've been able to replace is Adobe reader.
     
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