I’m not going to rant, I promise–I don’t have to because this doesn’t affect me. Several years ago, I abandoned the bloated, insecure and extremely resource-intensive Acrobat Reader in favor of the smaller and more secure Foxit Reader. Once again, here is more evidence that I’m right to have switched. Brian Krebs of The Washington Post wrote:
Adobe Plugs 29 Critical Reader, Acrobat Holes
Adobe Systems Inc. on Tuesday issued a new version of both Adobe Acrobat and its free Adobe PDF Reader to fix at least 29 separate security vulnerabilities in these products.
If you have either (or both) of these programs installed, take a moment to update them. Adobe warns that hackers already are exploiting at least one of the flaws to break into vulnerable systems.
No! Don’t update. Shrink your attack surface and switch to Foxit Reader and their other PDF software. Not only are Foxit Software’s products more secure, they’re also cheaper.