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Big News From Adobe

Category: Software
Posted: October 7, 2010 04:40PM
Author: CheeseMan42

Adobe has landed in the news today with a pair of interesting developments. The first is the release of some details regarding Adobe Reader, the popular PDF software that is regularly attacked. The "protected mode" upgrade was announced last July, but no release date has been announced. In this new mode, Reader will execute functions such as Javascript execution and 3D rendering within the application, removing access to any system resources. The application will have lower privileges than the system user, preventing hackers from accessing the registry, file system, or other important pieces. A trusted broker process will be introduced to allow for communication between the "sandbox" and the rest of the system. By doing this, Adobe hopes to stop hackers from taking over the system through its products. 

The other big development was a visit to Adobe by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft. The visit sparked rumors of a possible acquisition or merger, and sent Adobe stock prices soaring, closing the day up 11%. An Adobe representative pointed out that the CEOs of both companies meet regularly, but the topics of their meetings aren't up for discussion. Microsoft always needs to be careful in situations like this, as antitrust regulators watch the company like hawks.



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