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Old 02-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #1
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Warning: Security Advisory for Adobe Reader and Acrobat

https://www.adobe.com/support/securi...apsa13-02.html

Protected View is Turned Off by default. Users must go into settings to turn this On otherwise their systems will be vulnerable to attacks.
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Old 02-14-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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Adobe is aware of reports that these vulnerabilities are being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks designed to trick Windows users into clicking on a malicious PDF file delivered in an email message.
I would hope people on this forum aren't dumb enough to try to open stuff in rogue emails. If it's not from someone you know, don't open it. If it is from someone you know, make sure they truly sent it.

No need to start panicking and altering your Adobe settings...
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Old 02-15-2013, 08:37 AM   #3
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:20 AM   #4
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I wouldn't call it panicking to mention enabling a security feature that protects against an active exploit. Really it's a feature most people should have on by default and only disable when they really really need to open a PDF that makes use of a disabled feature (at which point you can be extra careful about where it came from).

This likely won't impact most users who are careful about who they open attachements from, however it is a real threat because the emails are not generic, they're highly targeted. They include details that may be relevant to your current work and appear to come from a co-worker. Or, it may be an email from your kids sports team with an updated calendar of events. There's a lot of information that can be obtained about a person via forums, company websites and social networking sites that allow emails to seem so genuine that they're bound to catch people out.

Even if this exploit wasn't in the wild, I think it would be prudent for people to go for the more secure settings by default and gradually back off for the odd pdf. Same as blocking javascript/flash and other plugins on websites by default and backing off the settings on the few websites you use that really do need it.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:51 PM   #5
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I would hope people on this forum aren't dumb enough to try to open stuff in rogue emails. If it's not from someone you know, don't open it. If it is from someone you know, make sure they truly sent it.

No need to start panicking and altering your Adobe settings...
Email accounts are being hacked into, one of mine was yesterday. I can no longer access it and my email provider is ignoring my inquiries, so who knows who is receiving emails from "me"!!

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If it is from someone you know, make sure they truly sent it.
Do you call them on the phone and ask them?
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:29 AM   #7
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If it's coworkers, always. My friends usually don't send me PDFs unless I ask them for something.
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Adobe stuff? Security flaws? Get out.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:40 AM   #9
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Once you turn protected mode on, every time you open a pdf, you get a big bright yellow nag banner at the top of the document, basically telling you to turn it off.

I hate Adobe.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:45 PM   #10
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Email accounts are being hacked into, one of mine was yesterday. I can no longer access it and my email provider is ignoring my inquiries, so who knows who is receiving emails from "me"!!
Gmail is pretty secured if you turn on the features. I have mine set up you have to text my cell in order to log in. This can also be a pain but it's worth it. I had this account hacked years ago before they added all the security stuff. Of course password and security questions are important too.
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Email accounts are being hacked into, one of mine was yesterday. I can no longer access it and my email provider is ignoring my inquiries, so who knows who is receiving emails from "me"!!
It's very easy to send email with any email address.
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I would hope people on this forum aren't dumb enough to try to open stuff in rogue emails.
Why? This is a forum for people who read ebooks. I don't see any reason to think that reading ebooks indicates a higher-than-usual level of computer literacy.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:03 PM   #13
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Gmail is pretty secured if you turn on the features. I have mine set up you have to text my cell in order to log in. This can also be a pain but it's worth it. I had this account hacked years ago before they added all the security stuff. Of course password and security questions are important too.
My gmail accounts are safe and sound. Ymail not so much - there is no way of retreiving a new pw, and now I am completely blocked off. I called the CS number as well - many times - and once I go through the entire spiel of dial this for that, four levels into the call system, I get a message that they can't currently take calls and to go to their online help pages, which are completely ridiculous. The account was linked with another account, so no idea why they make it so difficult - I just regret I ever trusted them enough to get an email address through them. Their answer can't be to just close people's accounts or let strangers continue to use them (I obviously don't know what the case is here)!

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For the average user, Adobe Reader is far from the best choice of PDF viewer program. In fact, I don't know a worse one.
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For the average user, Adobe Reader is far from the best choice of PDF viewer program. In fact, I don't know a worse one.
I agree, and refuse to install Adobe Reader on any of my computers.

I use Sumatra PDF instead: http://download.cnet.com/Sumatra-PDF...-10698785.html

It doesn't have the vulnerabilities that Adobe Reader and some other PDF readers have. It doesn't have a lot of features, but it's small, light, safe and reliable.
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