Adobe Acrobat Reader: Security expert advises against the pdf viewer
The Adobe Acrobat Reader is the default program for viewing pdf files. But security expert F-Secure advises against the usage because of security reasons.
Today pdf files are common format in the IT business. To open them the user needs a program like the free Adobe Acrobat reader - but this application, like many other poplar programs, became a target for malware attacks. Thus the security expert F-Secure recommends to use alternative applications.
During the RSA security conference it was revealed that 47 percent of all online attacks explicitly made use of security vulnerabilities of the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Acrobat Reader is said to have six critical security vulnerabilities. Therefore F-Secure recommends that people should use alternative programs, which are available online for free, too and sometimes offer a better performance.
According to F-Secure Adobe would have to learn a lesson from Microsoft's security standards. Last year the Office application word has been the most popular target for attacks. One problem for Adobe is the possibility that attackers could get access to classified pdf files if a system is infected. Pdf and Flash Browser plug-ins should also be used carefully since they are frequently used for "drive-by downloads”.
The best way to protect the own system would be to deactivate Java Scripts for the pdf reader. The problems are said to occur on all platforms and web browsers. The statistics of F-Secure reveal that the number of attacks is increasing. While in last year's comparison period there had been only 128 modified pdf files there now are 2,300.
Like Microsoft Adobe would have to provide monthly security updates says the report at PC-Welt. This would be the price if a company reaches an almost monopolistic market position and the default software is used on almost any system.
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