New Adobe Reader Exploit Reminds us why we Love Foxit

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Keith E. Whisman

Hey I just got a notice from Norton Internet Security 2009 firewall letting me know that an intrusion was just attempted from www.cephilla.com

 In the Details it says Risk Name and it says 

HTTP  Acrobat PDF Suspicious File Download

Risk Level High

Attacking Computer cephilla.com (85.17.169.57,80)

Attacker URL 85.17.169.57/css/pdf.php?new=1&sid=ecdfefdde8deebd8eadbe6b5e0dde9dbebdbebdbe6d0e9d0e2d4e5dc&u=c_1_0

Then it says Source Address cephilla.com (85.17.169.57)

Traffic Description TCP,www-http

I can only say thank god I have a good firewall. Just think what may have happened if I didn't have this security. I wasn't even engaged in any risky behavior. Just having my computer online was all it took. So this goes to show you that you should not go online naked. Your computer needs security software. 

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Queenof1

anyway to not download the toolbar?

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Keith E. Whisman

There is an option during installation like with most toolbars you can choose to install the software without installing the toolbar(s).

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chance

I second the sumatra recommendation. If you want a small footprint and an ultra portable app, Sumatra is the way to go. You can grab the portable version over at portableapps.com; great site.

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jensenh1999

Folks, If you think you should not worry, you should.  Even a home user gets emails from friends at work.  A hacker might not care about you.  But he could use your info, or even you machine to target and exploit others.  There are many “old” bot attacks going on that are killed by a simple patch upgrade, that is not being done by people.Lets say they get access to you machine, and your close to a a military base.   He might want to use your machine, in the local area, to launch his attacks from.  Then when the FBI does get around to knocking on "your door", he is far removed.  This is just one instance.  A friend of mine had issues with his PC, when I looked at it, I found out he was hosting porno files for some hacker.  He never would have noticed if his machine had not slowed down.Another case, someone might design an attack based upon this just to kill as many machines as possible.  Why would you leave your machine open for this?I know I want my machine to work all the time.   Be a responsible internet user.  Keep your machine patched, Antivirus up to date, and all programs up to date. 

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Keith E. Whisman

"Be a responsible internet user.  Keep your machine patched, Antivirus up to date, and all programs up to date. "

 

So true and something every maximumpc reader should already be doing but you do make some compelling arguments that I did think about but again the threat is still much lower for a home pc than a company network but it's true that there are people out there that get off on messing up as many computers as possible.

This is yet another reason why you shouldn't skimp on a good firewall and antivirus software like Norton Internet Security 2009-sorry I'm now a fan of this sweet suite. 

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Keith E. Whisman

Foxit is great and I use it but really who would be a likely target for attack by hackers? Surely not a regular home computer but perhaps a business computer. So I figure if your computer is in a business environment then yeah worry about it. But I just don't feel like I would be a target. Hackers just don't have anything to gain from me other than mucking up my computer system that is and then I just don't see that as being worth the effort. 

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thetoast

Home users have just as much to fear if not more from such attacks.  Home users are less likely to have adequate protection than business computers, so that means exploiting them is easier.  There may not be anything they want on your computer, but that's fine with them.  All they want is your computer itself.  All an attacker needs to do is get you to open a web page with a malicious PDF on it and bam, they have control of your computer and make you another part of their botnet.  Botnets are huge these days.  People make money on the black market by selling thousands of such 'bots' for a few cents a piece.  Many of these bots are nothing more than a home computer having a broadband connection and a tiny piece of malware installed on it.  All that spam you get in your email? Bots.  DDOS attacks which cripple corporate networks? Also bots.  Don't underestimate these guys.  They'll take all the computers they can get, even yours.

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Keith E. Whisman

You know I've heard of that before and it frightens me.

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MAXPCreader07

The latest Foxit includes a toolbar doesnt it? Ill stay with the clean Sumatra PDF thank you very much.

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n0ctis

Sumatra all the way.

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SillyElf74

Does anyone still use Adobe?  I've used Foxit for years and reccomend it to everyone I can.

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AndyYankee17

adobe is a company, not a product, and for your question, ask anyone who uses photoshop or flash.

 

Acrobat and  InDesign are standard for newspapers and magazine publishers

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