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Old 30. Jun 2010, 10:52 AM   #51 (permalink)
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BTW, I hope you guys did not ask Firefox to automatically open the .pdf files or something since this is also a vulnerability that is being exploited especially with unknown pdf files. Of course, if you don't open unknown pdf files, it's not an issue.
I got into the habit of opening necessary pdf files off-line quite some years ago because opening them online (via the browser) used to take forever. So one of the first jobs with a new browser has been to set the action to "save to computer" (Sandbox) rather than "open with".
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 11:26 AM   #52 (permalink)
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Concerned User, I stopped using Adobe Reader long long ago, when it started to get bloated... and then started to have several security vulnerabilities. Now, I use PdfXchange Viewer, and its wonderful. Every version of Adobe suffers from some vulnerabilities, and Adobe keeps rolling out patches. Many of these vulnerabilities are exploited, and systems get hacked, or infected. Its better to use a non-Adobe pdf reader.

Like vasa1, the main reason for me to save pdf files on my computer first was the slow speed too. Also, I find it more convenient to read when the thing is on my computer.

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You are correct. I have Adobe Reader. I also searched for the DRM plug-in, npdrmv2.dll, and it was not in the K-Meleon folder but in the Windows Media directory.

So at worst, one can only question why these were enabled automatically.
Yeah, user should be given the choice if he/she wants to install the plug-ins or not.
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 12:18 PM   #53 (permalink)
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Hi,

As a PDF-XChange Viewer user myself and for what it's worth, when installing or updating the Viewer there's an option to NOT install the plugin - that's what I do. FoxitReader has the same option.
Then when you stumble upon a pdf file over the Internet you can still choose to open it instead of saving it. The difference is that, since you don't have the plugin installed, it will be opened through the main application of the Viewer from the temp folder it's first downloaded to. Plus your AV will scan it before the Viewer opens it - that's how I have things set up.

P.S. Version 2.0.53.0 of PDF-XChange Viewer is out.
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 01:39 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Is opening pdf online an issue if the browser is sandboxed in the first place?
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 03:56 PM   #55 (permalink)
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Is opening pdf online an issue if the browser is sandboxed in the first place?
Shouldn't be. The main issue for me was speed.
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 07:01 PM   #56 (permalink)
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Yeah, user should be given the choice if he/she wants to install the plug-ins or not.
Agreed 100%. Especially any that tie back to Windows core system components.
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 09:42 PM   #57 (permalink)
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Hi,

As a PDF-XChange Viewer user myself and for what it's worth, when installing or updating the Viewer there's an option to NOT install the plugin - that's what I do. FoxitReader has the same option.
Then when you stumble upon a pdf file over the Internet you can still choose to open it instead of saving it. The difference is that, since you don't have the plugin installed, it will be opened through the main application of the Viewer from the temp folder it's first downloaded to. Plus your AV will scan it before the Viewer opens it - that's how I have things set up.

P.S. Version 2.0.53.0 of PDF-XChange Viewer is out.
Go to: Edit > Preferences... > File Associations > Uncheck Display PDF in Browser > Apply / OK
The plugin should be permanently disabled and undetectable by your browsers. You can re-enable it as well if you want.
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Old 30. Jun 2010, 10:16 PM   #58 (permalink)
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I uninstalled all plugins except the ones that come with Firefox and
retained Flash on FF but not on IE. I like Vasa1, rather to open PDF
files not on the browser but as a sandboxed separate file. I feel safer
doing it that way. Sometimes I DL the file and open the file once the
file is saved. I use Foxit and decided not to install the FFplugin so I
could open them the way I described.
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Old 01. Jul 2010, 04:31 PM   #59 (permalink)
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@J.L.
Good suggestion, but I have no use for it, since I don't install the plugin in the first place. That way, it's impossible to open any pdf file from within the browser - the option you mention is greyed out.
You still get the option to "open" a file - it's downloaded in the temp folder and then opened by PDFXCview.exe. This way, if it's a pdf you don't want to keep, you can get rid of it by cleaning your temp folder.
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Old 02. Jul 2010, 10:41 AM   #60 (permalink)
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Sorry to hijack the thread!:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/07...dopts_firefox/


Are Companies finally realizing that IE is not the only corporate solution? Only time will tell.

Like Firefox, both Opera and Google's Chrome browser also span Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, but Sutor said IBM is interested in Firefox's independence. "Firefox is open source, and its development schedule is managed by a development community not beholden to one commercial entity," he said.

Original Story:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20009387-264.html

Let's hope this spurs Mozilla to make more better changes to Firefox!
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