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August 14, 2012

Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.4) and 9.5.2

Today, we announced the availability of Adobe Reader and Acrobat X (10.1.4) and 9.5.2. For more information regarding the security details in these releases, please see Security Bulletin APSB12-16. For detailed Release Notes, please see the Release Notes Library.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager

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July 25, 2012

Three Common Adobe Reader and Acrobat Security Questions

I get a lot of great questions regarding Adobe Acrobat and Reader security. Recently, a few have been asked more frequently than others. So, I thought I’d share those with you.

Q: What is the Adobe Acrobat and Reader update schedule?

About three years ago, we moved to a quarterly update schedule for Adobe Reader and Acrobat. It was part of a major initiative to strengthen the security of our products. At the time, three-month update cycles seemed like the right cadence given the threat environment and the pace we were adding new mitigation capabilities into the products. Fast-forward three years, and technologies like Protected Mode in Adobe Reader and Protected View in Acrobat (sandboxes) have provided effective layers of defense, reducing the need for the ongoing quarterly cadence.

So, recently we announced a closer alignment with the Microsoft Patch Tuesday model. Instead of delivering updates on a quarterly schedule, we will provide Adobe Acrobat and Reader updates on the second Tuesday of any given month as needed throughout the year to best address customer requirements and keep all of our users safe. We will also continue to publish a prenotification on the Adobe Product Security Incident Response Team blog three business days before we release a security update, and we will continue to be flexible and respond “out-of-cycle” to urgent needs, such as a zero-day attack.

Q: How is Flash content being handled in Adobe Acrobat and Reader?

Starting with Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.5.1, we have classified Flash content into two categories, “known” and “unknown.” Known Flash content has been authored by Adobe and ships with the product. For instance, Portfolio Navigators and user interface elements are classified as known Flash content. Unknown Flash content has been authored outside of Adobe and does not ship with the product. For example, Custom Portfolio Navigators and Flash content embedded into PDFs are considered unknown. With this classification scheme, we are able to selectively render Flash content with different Flash Players. In 9.5.1 and later, we render known Flash content with an internal component embedded inside of Adobe Reader and Acrobat, and let the system Flash Player (NPAPI version) render the unknown content.

Since an attack would leverage unknown, as opposed to known, Flash content, this means that Adobe Reader/Acrobat 9.x users will no longer have to update Adobe Reader/Acrobat each time we update the Flash Player. This is particularly beneficial to customers in managed environments, because fewer updates means a lower cost of ownership, while maintaining a vigilant security posture. Keeping in mind that there is no silver bullet when it comes to security, we do follow a defense-in-depth security strategy. Therefore, even though we run all Flash content inside the sandbox in Adobe Reader and Acrobat X, where we’ve had great success thwarting attacks, we’ll still implement this new handling of Flash content into those products in the future. We’ll let you know when that happens.

Q: Can you explain the new security ratings?

In the past, security ratings were based on the worst-case scenario of a vulnerability without taking into account the presence or likelihood of an exploit. For a bit of background, a vulnerability is a code defect that can potentially be leveraged by an exploit to attack a system. Imagine the exact same code defect in two products. One product has a known exploit, while the other product has extra layers of defense that thwart the exploit from working. If you only consider the vulnerability, the security rating would look the same. But, if you consider the presence (or lack) of a functioning exploit as part of the security rating, you’ll get a different answer, and a better understanding of the threat, which in turn, provides better guidance on how quickly you should deploy the update.

This has happened with the introduction of new security mitigation technologies, like Adobe Reader Protected Mode (sandbox protections), which has made vulnerabilities much more difficult to exploit. Therefore, we’ve taken the degree of difficulty for exploit creation and included it in our new update priority ratings. We feel that this is the best way to clearly communicate real-world risk associated with the vulnerabilities addressed in any given security update.

Steve Gottwals, Group Product Manager, Adobe Acrobat Solutions Security

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April 10, 2012

eSignatures Everywhere

Today, we announced a significant milestone, bringing free eSignature capabilities to Adobe Reader. Now, you can sign, send and manage your important documents from anywhere, from a desktop or an iOS or Android device.

With today’s release, the days of printing, signing and faxing back documents are truly numbered. We’ve tightened the integration between Adobe Reader and Adobe EchoSign eSignature service, so you and your customers can gain real-time visibility into the signature process and status of contracts – giving you greater assurance and control over the management of all signed documents. We’ve also streamlined the desktop experience and added features that give you more choice and greater functionality.

Thanks to Adobe Reader for mobile, you can electronically sign a document by simply drawing your signature with your finger on a touchscreen, making it easy to conduct business while on the go.  Additionally, you can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, letting you track and manage the status of documents online. And, because the signed contracts are archived in the cloud, you can easily retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a web browser.

We didn’t stop there, though. Adobe Reader for mobile also adds new capabilities that let you interact with PDF documents directly from your iOS or Android devices, including annotation, comment and forms fill. And, of course, the highly intuitive user interface provides an efficient PDF viewing experience regardless of the device.

With Adobe Reader and EchoSign, we’re making it easy for anyone to send important contracts to customers so that they can quickly and easily sign and send them electronically – and get the deal done faster. Give Adobe Reader with EchoSign a test drive on your next deal.

Kevin M. Lynch, SVP and GM, Acrobat and Document Services, Adobe

Users can choose the Highlight, Strikethrough, or Underline annotation tools, and drag over any text to easily markup text

Users can choose the Highlight, Strikethrough, or Underline annotation tools, and drag over any text to easily markup text

Users can electronically sign a document by hand-drawing their signature with their finger on a touchscreen

Users can electronically sign a document by hand-drawing their signature with their finger on a touchscreen

Users can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, enabling senders to track and manage the status of documents online and users to retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a web browser •	Rebecca Staley, Marketing Specialist for Adobe Acrobat Solutions, discusses the new eSignature enhancements to Adobe Reader for the desktop and mobile devices.

Users can connect to Adobe EchoSign to get others to sign documents electronically, enabling senders to track and manage the status of documents online and users to retrieve documents from anywhere, at any time, via a web browser • Rebecca Staley, Marketing Specialist for Adobe Acrobat Solutions, discusses the new eSignature enhancements to Adobe Reader for the desktop and mobile devices.


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January 10, 2012

Adobe Reader and EchoSign: one step closer to making e-signatures universal

In September, we announced EchoSign for Adobe Reader – a first step in the integration of Adobe EchoSign technology with Adobe’s document solutions and services. Today, we are proud to reveal another major milestone that will make it easier than ever for businesses to “seal the deal” and keep up with the demands of a growing mobile workforce.  Now, Adobe Reader users will be able to send PDF files to be signed from within the application as well as sign documents electronically themselves. The new update makes Adobe Reader a one-stop shop for electronic signatures.

With the new update, when you open a PDF document to be signed with Adobe Reader, you will have the option to place a scanned copy of your signature into the document. What if you don’t have the ability to scan an image of your signature? Don’t worry; we have that covered too. Using Adobe EchoSign, you can sign a document yourself by using the “Only I Sign” feature, which gives you the option to either draw in your own signature using a mouse or simply type it in.

When you need to get signatures on a PDF document, simply open it in the new version of Adobe Reader and use the “Send for Signature” button. Your document will automatically be uploaded to Adobe EchoSign, initiating the workflow to get a document signed using Adobe EchoSign. Through the EchoSign UI, you can drag and drop fields on the document for not only e-signatures, but also initials, contact information, company, title, or any other customized form field, before sending the document for signature. You also can get status updates and track the progress of your signature process through the EchoSign UI.

Documents signed using Adobe EchoSign are protected by the Federal E-SIGN Act, which makes online electronic signatures in a commercial transaction equivalent to a written signature so both you and your client can rest assured that signed document is 100 percent legal.

There are many use cases for electronic signatures. Tell us how Adobe EchoSign helps you get the job done faster.

By Jason Lemkin, vice president of Web business services at Adobe 


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December 20, 2011

Adobe Reader for Android Update

Today, we’re excited to announce an update of  Adobe Reader for Android. This update fixes some issues we discovered with Android 4, and adds a  few enhancements based upon the  great feedback we received from our users.

Here are the highlights:

·         Reflow
As promised, Reflow is back! This is a great feature for reading PDFs on your phone, since it strips the formatting and turns the document into resizable, reflowed text that you can easily scroll through. You can turn this mode on in the View Modes menu, shown here:

·         Remember Last Read Position
One of the frequent comments we’ve seen is that people really want to be able to switch between documents and applications, and be able to return to the exact spot they were reading. Now Adobe Reader remembers your last position in the document for all recently-read documents, so you don’t need to!

·         Opening PDF Portfolio Contents and Attachments
For PDF Portfolios,  Adobe Reader has always allowed opening contents if they were in PDF format. Now it will open any content type that you can view on your phone or tablet.  And since attachments are pretty similar to Portfolios, we’ve also extended this to work for attachments. When you open a document with attachments, Adobe Reader will show a paperclip in the lower right corner of your document, like this:

Just tap the paperclip, and you’ll see a list of the attachments.

·         Bug Fixes
We fixed issues that had been present since the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. 

We’re constantly working to improve Adobe Reader for Phones and Tablets, and we have some great enhancements already underway for 2012 that I’m sure you’ll be excited to see.  We appreciate your ongoing feedback and support!

Dennis Griffin, Principal Product Manager



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September 13, 2011

Making Electronic Signatures as Easy as Using Adobe Reader

When we announced our acquisition of Web-based electronic signature leader EchoSign in July, it was just the first step in what we said would be a relationship that would bring more and more powerful and productive document services to our customers. Today, we’re introducing EchoSign for Adobe Reader.

The beauty of the EchoSign signature service is that there’s nothing to download and install and with just one click, the entire signature process from the request for signature to the distribution and execution of the form or agreement is done. Now that you can get access to the service via the seemingly omnipresent Adobe Reader, it’s even simpler. All you need is the latest version of Adobe Reader X via the automatic update. Click on the EchoSign link in Reader and you’ll be taken straight to the EchoSign page where you can start signing, sending and tracking. For more on today’s update, 10.1.1 and direct download links, check out today’s Security bulletin, here

The EchoSign signature service provides a secure subscription-based service to individuals, SMBs and enterprise customers. It enables real-time visibility into the signature process and automatically storing and managing all signed documents. We expect it will make electronic signatures the common way for people to sign documents.

As I said, we’re just starting to integrate the EchoSign capability into our various document services, stay tuned for more to come. Our aim is to enable customers to significantly accelerate sales cycles, improve tracking and centralize the management of signed agreements through this simple to use cloud service.

Mangesh Bhandarkar, group product manager, EchoSign 

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