Thursday, January 04, 2007

Don't Open That .pdf File!

Looks like the trusty old Acrobat Reader we all use to open .pdf files has a security flaw in it. Apparently you can initiate malicious script and such by using it and it's recommended to not open .pdf files until the problem is taken care of.

Boy, now even Acrobat Reader is a potential entry point for hackers. Is nothing sacred anymore?

Thanks to Kim Kommando's News of the Day newsletter, which I seem to just recently started receiving, for the tip. I don't recall ever opting in for that newsletter, but I've found it offers some interesting tech news.

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At 10:22 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

I hate PDF files. They look good but you can't copy anything from them when you want to which is what they were meant to do but still, it's a drag when there's info on a PDF file you want to use elsewhere.

At 11:29 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Agreed, Steve. They are a pain.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't you copy text from PDFs? Few are ever locked. Both Adobe Acrobat Reader and Preview (I'm on a Mac) allow you to copy text and images.

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing pdf copying requires learning to use Acrobat tools. That's more ability and skill than the typical "I want it all right now" complainers have.

At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As much as I regret the "tone" that 2:06 has chosen, the "content" of the message is accurate.

In Adobe Acrobat, check the tool icons on the toolbar at the top of the screen. Let your cursor hover over them. A box will appear, telling you what the icon does. You want the one that says "select text." Choosing that icon will allow you to use the cursor to select text (highlight it) so you can right-click your mouse (in Windows) and choose to copy it and so forth.

I've written this from memory, so slight imperfections may have crept in, uninvited. Good Luck! It's worth a try.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Roykirk said...


I don't even have Adobe's resource hog installed on my PC. I use the free Reader from Foxit Software — — and they have some other, cheaper alternatives to Adobe's pay .pdf apps.


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