Adobe Releases New Reader X with Sandbox Security Feature
Adobe has released a new version of Reader designed to prevent attacks on the popular program from damaging other applications running on a PC.
The new program, released Nov. 18, is called Adobe Reader X, and it includes a security technology called sandbox, which, in the event of a malicious attack, isolates the corruption to Reader and prevents it from spreading throughout the affected PC.
Adobe had been working on designing a version of Reader with sandbox technology since July.
Adobe products, especially Reader and Acrobat, are some of the more widely deployed applications anywhere, wrote Dennis Fisher, a researcher with the security firm Kaspersky Lab. Because of this, they are also some of the most highly-targeted programs for cybercriminals.
Though Adobe, in a blog post, said that the new Reader X "is not a security silver bullet," the company believes that using sandbox technology to prevent a malicious attack from spreading throughout a user's system heralds an "exciting new advancement in mitigating the impact of attempted attacks."
Adboe Reader X is available for download at www.adobe.com/reader.
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