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    Secunia PSI flags Acrobat Standard 9: security risk?

    Secunia PSI has flagged Acrobat Standard 9 (actually it's version 9.5.4) as needing updating. Acrobat just gives me a message that no update is available, but Secunia tells me "This program is no longer supported by the supplier." It would be a $139 upgrade for a program that already gives me all the functionality I need in terms of my day to day work.

    So my question is whether Acrobat might actually be a security risk, as I understand an out of date free Adobe Reader would be, or whether I can safely tell Secunia to ignore Acrobat Standard.

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    Erik,

    Unless there is some portion of Acrobat, except the Reader, that interacts with the internet I think you'd be safe telling PSI to ignore it. HTH

    P.S. I don't have Acrobat thus the hedging in my answer.
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    I used to run into this problem when Secunia finds a leftover dll or other control file from a previous install. I got tired of the false positives and quit using Secunia.

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    Does PSI mark it as end of life or does it state there is a security issue with it?
    If the former, I never care about it, I just tell it to stop giving me warnings about the app.
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    I wouldn't worry about it either. PSI flags my Adobe CS2 suite as needing update. (Big $) I'm also running Acrobat 7 Pro fine on Windows 7 (the printer won't install in a 64 bit environment but no prob- there are others free). There's quite a few such programs that MS lists as compatible on Windows 7 but PSI will flag as end of life or needing update. It just means there is an update to the software. I know that and have the current version updates.

    I just ignore those and focus on the key web-accessing tools like Flash. I also don't let PSI run all the time.

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    BTW - I also have the much faster Foxit Reader software installed for reading PDF's. I only use full Acrobat for editing. As such it also doesn't have any browser associations so if there is a web issue, it's not going to be triggered.

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