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From: Jeffrey Walton <noloader () gmail com>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 03:34:35 -0400

Hi All,

Can anyone offer alternatives to Acrobat Reader and Flash Player? I'd
like to remove Adobe software from the network where possible. I've
found Foxit's reader [1] for Acrobat (its been performing well for
about 6 months), but I don't have anything for Flash.

For the pundits and those who feel I'm being too judgemental, here a
small list of reasons:
* The company makes such regular appearances on lists such as BugTraq
that I believe they are socialites [2].
* The company accepts third party software for distribution, which
appears *not* to have been acceptance tested.
  - Macrovision's defective licensing system driver [3]
  - Acrobat Reader's (version 9.1.0.163 et al) includes Lexteks'
Onix32.dll [4], which is a debug build (complete with debug memory
initialization of 0xCC and ESP stack checks)
* After nearly 10 years, Flash is not available for x64 [5]. According
to the company, I should run a 32 bit browser to accommodate their
software [5]

Thanks for any suggestions,
Jeff
Jeffrey Walton

[1] http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader/
[2] 2490 hits (not all unique),
http://www.google.com/search?q=adobe+site%3Asecurityfocus.com
[3] http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS07-067.mspx
[4] http://www.lextek.com/
[5] http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/000/6b3af6c9.html

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