Today, we announced the availability of Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2, 8.1.7 and 7.1.4. For more information regarding the security details in these releases, please see Security Bulletin APSB09-15.
In order to strengthen protections for customers using our products, we are constantly engaged in security improvement efforts. This includes better security controls within the product itself, as well as methods to rapidly protect end-users against quickly evolving threats by reducing the window of exposure to new vulnerabilities.
As of today, Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.2 and 8.1.7 are shipping with a new “beta” updater technology, which will initially be in a passive state. We’re delivering it to end-users as part of today’s updates in this state so that we can enable a follow-on, invite-only, external beta program. Even though the new updater ships in a passive state, we have the ability to selectively activate it for end-users invited into the beta program, which will allow us to test a variety of network configurations encountered on the Internet in order to ensure a robust update experience. The purpose of the new updater, once it is active, is to keep end-users up-to-date in a much more streamlined and automated way. As beta testing progresses, we will continue to communicate pertinent details with you about the new updater, including when we expect it will be active for all users. If you are interested in joining the beta program, leave a comment to this blog post stating so.