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    Adobe security update

    Adobe has acknowledged a buffer overflow bug that occurs in several versions of Acrobat & Adobe Reader. They are encouraging everyone to upgrade/update to the latest version 7.0.3. Here's the Adobe Adobe Reader for Windows - Downloads. For 7.0.x you must install 7.0, 7.0.1, 7.0.2, 7.0.3 in that order. Be aware of the extras Adobe is trying to get you to install.

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    Re: Adobe security update

    According to Adobe, you can also update versions six and seven of the Reader from within the program itself by clicking Help>Check for Updates.

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    Re: Adobe security update

    Yep. But with 7.0.x you must still install in order.

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    Re: Adobe security update

    There is also a security alert on the exploitation of that buffer overflow bug here. It appears that this is NOT a minor issue.
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    Re: Adobe security update

    Thanks, Joe -- when I ran Adobe Reader 7.0.2 yesterday it offered to update itself to 7.0.3. I hadn't checked to see if you could install "from scratch" a single file that gave you 7.0.3... Why don't they do that??

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    Re: Adobe security update

    You can do a complete uninstall and reinstall using a fully patched up version from the web site, rather than doing the individual updates. Could be faster in some cases...

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    Re: Adobe security update

    I can't find a full patched version of Adobe Reader on their site. Do you have a link?

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    Re: Adobe security update

    I'm sorry, I only read 3/4 of the paragraph:
    <hr>-- For versions prior to 7.0, Adobe strongly recommends upgrading to Adobe Reader 7.0.3, available from the following site along with the update procedure described above.
    http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html<hr>
    I interpreted "along with" to mean both were available, but maybe they mean you need to download version 7 and then do all the updates manually. That would be a very unhelpful way to proceed.

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    Re: Adobe security update

    No problem. As far as I can tell (and find on the Adobe site) loading 7.0 then the updates is what you must do. It is indeed very unhelpful.

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    Re: Adobe security update

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by jscher2000 on 23-Aug-05 21:36. and added around the link to make it live.
    )</P>Alternative to Adobe Reader (anyone tried it?)

    Small, Fast, Clean, and FREE PDF Reader for Everyday Use

    Foxit Reader is a free reader for PDF (eBook) documents. You can view and print
    PDF documents with it.

    Foxit Reader runs on Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/2003.
    It is provided by Foxit Software Company for free non-commercial use.

    What's New: Version 1.3: Type on ANY document!
    Version 1.2: Find text in document!
    Version 1.2: Select text and copy!

    http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

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    Re: Adobe security update

    Joe

    My understanding of the update process is as follows:
    1. <LI>you have to download Adobe Reader 7.0 (20,311 KB, ignoring the extra stuff)<LI>you have to update the installed 7.0 with 7.0.1 (4,791 KB), then 7.0.2 (5,114 KB), then 7.0.3 (1,144 KB)

      either by downloading and applying each individual update

      or from within Adobe Reader, clicking on Help then Check for Updates Now, and then selecting the required updates in the left-hand pane and Add-ing them to the right-hand pane, then clicking on Update. Adobe sorts out the order of update application, and does an "automatic" download of the files.
    In any event, you end up downloading probably over 50% extra data than you need to get to 7.0.3, if it had been provided in the form of a single installable file.

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    Re: Adobe security update

    Hi John,
    Having updated four machines with Adobe Reader 7.03 just yesterday, I can verify that your description of the two methods of updating the Reader is correct, and that either method works equally well. I think I'll go read the Adobe Acrobat forum posts to see if there might be an easier way, and to see if Adobe is working on an integrated 7.03 patch that will mitigate the necessity of having to install the patches separately. Will get back to everyone on this.
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    Re: Adobe security update

    Acc. to the Adobe Reader forums, many, many users are having multiple problems deploying the updates. One of the more significant is that while Admin accounts will update successfully, limited or guest accounts in XP and Win2K will not. There is no workaround as of yet. Another problem is that the Reader (full installation file of v. 7.0 - not the download "stub") installs the Yahoo Toolbar, and there doesn't seem to be an easy way to remove it. Adobe hasn't yet released a "full" version 7.03 of the Reader, so, yes, you will have to go through the 7.0, 7.01, 7.02, and 7.03 process. My guess is that Adobe released these patches prematurely in response to the reported security breach, and that they will shortly address these issues. They're usually very good about patching their software.

    Below is a copy of one of the posts regarding the "full" 7.03 install file:

    Forums Operations - 9:39am Aug 17, 05 PST (#1 of 2)

    There isn't a 7.0.3 full installer

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    Re: Adobe security update

    You have to be careful what you ask to be downloaded, and remove the ticks from the boxes as shown!

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    Re: Adobe security update

    Aha, it is not as purported on the Adobe Reader forum! The full version (7.0) DOES include those checkboxes after all... I didn't have to use it, as the machines I updated were already running version 7.0, but that's good to know. Thanks.

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