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Adobe to release security-enhanced Acrobat X family in November

Adobe Systems has announced that the next generation of security-enhanced products will be available in November.

Adobe Reader X, which is part of the new Acrobat X family of products, will feature a protected mode to ensure safer viewing of PDF files.

The protected mode, announced in July, uses a sandbox approach to security and has been built with input from across the software industry and business users.

Adobe has had positive feedback on protected mode from the 65 members of the Microsoft Active Protection Program, said Brad Arkin, senior director of product security and privacy at Adobe.

In July, Adobe became the first company to join Microsoft in sharing advance information on product vulnerabilities with security software providers.

This next major release will see the introduction of a host of other security enhancements enabled by Adobe's secure product lifecycle (SPL), said Arkin.

Despite all the recent security updates for Adobe software, he said, none have been as far-reaching as those to be included in the coming release.

"The changes are too great to have been included in updates to preceding versions of the software," Arkin told Computer Weekly.

Security updates have been a hardening of existing code, he said, but in the new release it has replaced unsafe functions and applied the SPL to all new features.


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