Now that Microsoft security initiates are paying off and Windows and Internet Explorer more secure that the rivals. It seems that hackers are changing their focus as McAfee labs have said “Adobe product exploitation will likely surpass that of Microsoft Office applications in 2010.”. What is even more disturbing is that these security issues are platform independent which makes any security vulnerability even more appealing as it will work on multiple platforms (Windows and OSX).
In response to all the security issues that have recently come out for Adobe products they announced that they will be releasing security patches second Tuesday of the first month of every quarter unless the patch is deemed to be critical enough to release an out of cycle update… GREAT!!! Why they don’t just say second Tuesday of every month like Microsoft does so that all these patches can be released together is beyond me but at least its a start.
Problem is there was for a long time no way to automatically update these products as WSUS and Windows Update support updates of Adobe products. This often results in companies in having to manually patch the software via sneaker net or worse not at all leaving some gaping security holes on their computers.
Thankfully Adobe with the latest release of Adobe Reader 9.2.0 now supports Automatic Installation of updates. To enable this option you need to select “Automatically install updates” option under the "Updater” categories under Preferences menu option.
For large scale enterprises this option is still not an practical option however for the mum and dad and SOHO’s this will at least mean they no longer need to manually check for updates every month to stay secure.
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