X Rated

No, this is not about porn, but rather about Adobe. The newest version of Adobe’s PDF reader is called Adobe X. If you are like me, your copy of Adobe Reader (or Adobe Acrobat) did not automatically upgrade to the newest version.

Adobe X incorporates a sandboxing technology to try to help mitigate the numerous and sever security problems that previous versions of Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat have had.

It is a very, very good idea for you to make sure that you are running the latest version of Adobe’s reader if that is what you use to view PDF Files. If you open Adobe Reader or Acrobat and go to the help menu, select “about”. This is where it tells you the version you have installed. I am not sure what Adobe will do to make it more clear after they update Adobe X. Right now it simply says “Adobe X” and not what version of Adobe X as they are on the first version.

We’ll see how Adobe’s marketing department decides how to deal with this significant issue.

Randy Abrams
Director of Technical Education
Cyber Threat Analysis Center – ESET LLC

Author ESET Research, ESET

  • brian

    really? mine shows 10.0.0 in the bottom left corner (in addition to Adobe X that’s closer to the top)

    • Randy Abrams

      You are right! In black with a dark gray background it does say 10.0. Given the importance of keeping Adobe products up to date it would seem that a much more prominent indication would have been chosen if the design accounted for security at all.

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