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Solution, install updated version (gee thanks)
Adobe Reader (Windows or Mac OS): Update to version 7.0.3 or 6.0.4.
Adobe Reader (Linux or Solaris): Update to version 7.0.1.
Adobe Acrobat (Windows or Mac OS): Update to version 7.0.3, 6.0.4, or 5.0.10.
Acrobat Reader 7.0.0 for Windows - direct download (13 megs) [ardownload.adobe.com]
Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0.3 UPDATE for Windows - direct download [ardownload.adobe.com]
After you install the newer bulky versions, use this program to speedup the start process:
(windows only of course)
Almost everyone has at least the reader ..so almost everyone is at risk ..any one know any "mirrors" with "resuming"...
Adobe has always **ssed me off with this no resuming policy ...
What's really stupid is you have to install 7.0,
then patch to 7.0.1 then patch to 7.0.2, then .3 and .4
Personally I chose 6.0 because it's a few megs less than 7.0 and starts
a tad faster even with the speedups (and it's "only" two patches instead of four).
I was still using 4.0.5, heh. Fastest of them all. I miss it already.
No way is XP being allowed on a machine that can get to the net ...took me long enough to secure this baby ...
Have adobe signed a deal here with the sithlord to force us all to go to the OS of their choice ...scare you into buying the latest OS from their friends cos they cant keep their own code secure ...
Thats it open source PDF is being installed tomorrow ..
BTW I just received an email with the what I presume was a link to the the "Exploit" ...why else would anyone email me an ad for a 32" flatscreen monitor that needs me to click to download a PDF file to get other than the photo ...?
It may not be "mandatory" to do the upgrade to 7 ..but I can confirm both from reading the link supplied by techrealm and then ( having wondered if I was getting the gist wrong there )actually using "lower" ( I began from version 3 this morning my time ..yah!version 3!..it always was stable and did what it was supposed to ..read and wrote PDF'S in 'Doze )..( I had versions four + on other machines )than version 7 series and attacking it with the exploit code ( actually ..forcing the over run would be more accurate cos as amznVibe said it always was there ..jus no one ever bothered to look ..but easy to do .. ( on an offline machine) ..( I upgraded from series 4 to series 6 ) that only version seven is actually protected against it by the patch ( the patch won't "take" on lower versions! )..all other version users must do the "climb the update ladder" one rung at a time from within their current version ( which is what adobe are saying on those pages ) 'til they have version series seven ..then the patch will work!( again tried on another machine that uses XP ( for the purposes of emulating clients machine OS's and thus their problems ) but is not allowed to "talk to the net"...
In short all those who are not running XP are forced to do so in order to be protected from adobe's own coding mistakes ( and they will shortly own entirely macromedia ..again reducing the real choice of software providers that can run on Doze )...
<Mattglet ..that is indeed all it does ..but it does it very very well and very simply for non geeks or those not entirely confident about playing around with the run on start area ...nice little proggy..does just what it says ..>
To return to the subject in hand..if you are not on at least XP and therefore able to use series 7 of the reader or the "full" package you are "arse to the wind"...the so called "patch" will do nothing for you ..go open source to read and write your PDF's ...
If Adobe would care to send in a rep to register to these fora " adobe guy" to say otherwise I am prepared to debate the issue ...
Meantime I am unamused by attempts to force anyone to go to XP ..even less when coming via 3rd parties..( to whatever degree they may be on convergent paths with Redmond .."adobosoft" anyone? )...
And yes I know they say
For users of Adobe Reader 6.0-6.0.3 who cannot upgrade to Adobe Reader 7.0.3, utilize the product's automatic update facility to install version 6.0.4,..however you can still make your OS hang if you have done so ..so is only half patch ..on systems earlier than XP!
[edited by: Leosghost at 9:57 pm (utc) on Aug. 18, 2005]
Not as polished as Acrobat but can do a few tricks Acrobat can't
(like print and extract text from "locked" PDFs, ha)
XP is no more insecure or secure than 98 (actually its probably far more secure), just more common and therefore its a bigger target. Stay behind a non-Windows firewall, get with the current decade if you're doing web development and don't complain if someone doesn't want to support your ancient OS. Be realistic.
[edited by: trillianjedi at 9:12 pm (utc) on Aug. 21, 2005]
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actually its probably far more secure
98II - after a few years ..we got just about locked down hard ..( the world and it's dog tried to break it ..every day ..most days it broke ..and eventually all the holes got a bandaid ..so it worked ) ..
There are 4 machines sitting next to me ..The "one that can connect" to the internet runs 98II and will not ever be installed with anything else ..because it's running 98II I can fix anything on it faster than you can download a patch for XP on dialup ..which is all that is available here ..
Plus I have the entire "windows" folder and the progfiles on CD in the drive ready to run live ..just like knoppix can ..to take over ...and If one day it catches fire I'm not gonna sob my heart out over what is now $100.00 of equipment ..
I don't expect Adobe to support older versions of 'doze ..for now they and MS are two seperate companies ..However I do expect them to patch other that the latest versions of their own software with other than a series of incremental one at a time udates ...or at least to make it clear on their update site that version 7.03 ( the only one their patch is for ) requires 2K or later and thus save those who are not running it the time and money wasted in downloading from what must be the slowest servers anywhere on the entire internet when accessed by dialup clients ) ...
Would also be nice ( as I mentioned elswhere ) If MS would not make us waste time downloading "patches" and "fixes" that only work on the English version of their OS's...apparently they still haven't taken the truoble to make ones that work on the other language vesrions ..How many languages do MS make 'doze for ..? ..and only they patch English versions ...cute PR move ;)
BTW ..I did put Adobe 7.03 on another machine that I run XP on for diagnostics ..the machine config is more powerfull and faster ..wasn't impressed at all over the series 4 ..like amznVibe said ...
[edited by: trillianjedi at 9:21 pm (utc) on Aug. 21, 2005]
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