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September 29, 2009

Adobe Joins SAFECode

Today, we announced our membership in the Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode). SAFECode is a non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to increasing trust in information and communications technology products and services through the advancement of effective software assurance methods. We joined other software industry leaders EMC Corporation, Juniper Networks, Inc., Microsoft Corp., Nokia, SAP AG and Symantec Corp.

As a SAFECode member, Adobe will collaborate with subject matter experts to identify and share proven best practices for software assurance, promote broader adoption of software assurance best practices into the cyber ecosystem, and work with businesses, governments and critical infrastructure providers to leverage these practices to manage enterprise risks. Adobe will take an active role in current SAFECode projects that address secure development methods, software integrity in the global supply chain, and the measurability of software security.

For more information on SAFECode, see:

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September 21, 2009

MIME Content-Type Change for Adobe Reader Updates

Adobe Reader Installers
On Windows, Adobe pushes out Adobe Reader updates as .msi (for full installers) and .msp files (for patch installers). For example, Adobe Reader 9.1, which was a full installer, was an .msi file, and Adobe Reader 9.1.3, which was a patch installer, was an .msp file.
Change in MIME Content-Type for .msi Installers
Currently, the MIME content-type for .msi files is set to text/plain. From September 19, 2009 and onwards, the MIME content-type for .msi files will be changed to application/octet-stream. According to our testing, this change will be more robust when downloading .msi through a variety of firewalls.
From an end-user perspective, there is no impact of this change in the way Adobe Reader is updated via the Adobe Updater.
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