Adobe in a Mad Rush to Fix Vulnerabilities

Adobe has been very busy the past few days responding to vulnerabilities found in two of its most popular software, Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. With almost all computers connected (most of the time) to the Internet, the chances of malicious code infecting critical files in computers are getting higher.

As a response to the number of threats detected each day, Microsoft marks every second Tuesday of each month as Patch Tuesday where updates and fixes to files, that have been found to be vulnerable to hackers, are made available for downloading. Indeed, last week’s Patch Tuesday (June 7, 2010) was very busy for IT staff worldwide where 10 security bulletins were issued as a response to more than 30 newly discovered vulnerabilities. Aside from Microsoft, Apple issued fixes for 48 flaws that made its Safari web browser open to attacks.

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All About Adobe Reader

For those who are new to the word ADOBE READER, we must tell them that it is software that has been designed for securely viewing the PDF documents. The full form of PDF is “Portable Document Format.” It has cross-platform compatibility as its biggest advantage. This kind of file can be opened in a Linux computer or in windows and even on your mobile phone provided; your mobile phone has a symbian. The PDF format was introduced by the Adobe Systems in the year 1993. For making this format popular in the starting of its launch, the Adobe Systems released the software Adobe Reader free of cost. It was done to beat the competition with the other formats such as Envoy and common ground digital paper. The result is apparent for all of us. Now this format is the standard format for the printable materials and it is the most common and popular format that is being used by the publishers of e-books. Several versions of adobe reader have been introduced in the market in correspondence with the changes as well as updates of the PDF format. The latest version of the Adobe Reader is 8.0.

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