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Adobe Reader 9 Released

One of our readers, Steve, let us know that the Adobe website has Version 9 of Reader available for download.  Be sure to notice that they kindly offer a "Free eBay Desktop" is checked by default and it is a 33.5MB download.

As far as security upgrades, Adobe says the Security enhancements provides new digital signature functionality. The new version also adds support for 256-bit AES encryption.  Other security features include SOAP/WSDL, XSD, Kerberos, W3C XML digital signatures, 256-bit AES, OASIS WS-Security, HTTP/HTTPS, RSA, XML encryption, and ECMAScript for XML (E4X) in the JavaScript interpreter. Reader is also NIST PKI test-suite compliant.



Mari Nichols

76 Posts
Jul 17th 2008
Additionally Adobe Reader 9 checks for software updates in spite having settings unchecked for any Adobe software updates.
TrendMicro OfficeScan initially flagged parts of this download as potentially malicious because of the way it installs from IE. I'm not sure if they have whitelisted it yet or not. Thanks for the link to the FTP!

17 Posts
Could someone with a redistribution agreement check to see if those downloads exclude this new crapware from the installer? I'd really hate to have to push an MSI to all users with this extra baggage...

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