Adobe Reader XI 11.0.2 (OS X; Windows)
Important note: this document is designed for Local Support Providers (LSPs). The user-level Adobe Reader document is here and includes general availability, configuration, documentation, and support information. This page was last modified on Monday, 25-Feb-2013 12:36:49 EST.
Security advisory: multiple security vendors have reported, and Adobe has acknowledged, unpatched vulnerabilities in Adobe Reader XI versions 11.0.1 and below, Adobe Reader X versions 10.1.5 and below, and Adobe Reader 9 versions 9.5.4 and below. These vulnerabilities causes the application to crash and could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reliable reports from various security firms that these vulnerabilities are being exploited.
Adobe made a patch available to resolve the relevant Adobe Reader security issues on Feburary 20th, 2013 and Information Systems & Computing (ISC) strongly suggests that all users upgrade to Adobe Reader X 11.0.2. Updates for some previous versions of Adobe Reader are also available.
Product History at the University
Various versions of first Acrobat Reader and then Adobe Reader have been supported at the University since the mid 1990s.
Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader revised to version 9.0 beginning in June 2008. The University began supporting Adobe Reader 9.0 in October 2008, moved to 9.1.x for Fiscal 2010, and moved to 9.3.3 for Fiscal 2011.
Adobe Acrobat X and Adobe Reader X were released in November 2010. The University completed its transition to Adobe Reader X at the beginning of Fiscal 2012.
Adobe Acrobat XI and Adobe Reader XI were released in October 2012.
Saving Documents in PDF Format
Adobe released PDF as an open standard in July 2008 and there are now many ways to save documents into PDF format from web browsers and other applications.
PDF is a native file format in all versions of the OS X currently supported at the University and PDFs can be created from any application with a print dialog. Adobe's Creative Suite includes Acrobat Pro, but this option is too costly and overly complex for most users.
Windows options for creating PDFs are varied. Adobe's Creative Suite includes Acrobat Pro, but this option is too costly and overly complex for most users. Users who need to create PDF documents only from within Microsoft Office have this capability with Office 2007 Service Pack 2 and above.
There are many shareware and freeware options that allow PDF creation from any application with a print dialog. Examples of such applications are CutePDF Writer 3.0 and PrimoPDF 5.1.x. Both of these products are compatible with all currently supported versions of Windows.
Windows 8 Compatibility
Adobe Reader X versions 10.1.5 and above function correctly in Windows 8. Microsoft Reader functions as a basic PDF reader within the Modern/tiled environment.
OS X Mountain Lion Compatibility
Adobe Reader X versions 10.1.5 and above function correctly in OS X Mountain Lion.
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