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Can a pdf file contain malware?
« on: October 20, 2010, 05:09:37 AM »
Got one in email.  Just curious, since I never recall hearing pdfs as a possible virus source.


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« Last Edit: October 20, 2010, 06:25:30 AM by eotrg »
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Re: Can a pdf file contain malware?
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010, 06:22:00 AM »
Heh. Tried googling your answer and avast blocked me from going to a site with malware.

From what I was able to read at other sites javascript malware to run inside of pdf's is growing in popularity among those who would do us harm due to the average being lax updating their Adobe Reader software.

Of course mine is up to date ... now.
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Re: Can a pdf file contain malware?
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010, 06:25:57 AM »
Heh. Tried googling your answer and avast blocked me from going to a site with malware.

From what I was able to read at other sites javascript malware to run inside of pdf's is growing in popularity among those who would do us harm due to the average being lax updating their Adobe Reader software.

Of course mine is up to date ... now.
I changed the link, Jeri! It's a good article from tech world now.
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Re: Can a pdf file contain malware?
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 06:36:58 AM »
Here is another article link as well:
http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/235759,adobe-isolates-malware-threat-with-new-reader.aspx

I was quite aware of it because of the online college courses that I had been taking, I had to use a lot of pdf files for coursework. The college made sure that we all were informed of the threat for malware with pdf files a long time ago, (more than 18months ago).
Luckily, I always have all my adobe patches and all my other security completely up to date, plus, I would never open anything like that without having David sandbox it first.
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Re: Can a pdf file contain malware?
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 06:52:15 AM »
no, I wasn't talking about your link, Deb. We were both writing at the same time. I just meant I was googling an answer for Fred. I never even viewed your link.
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Re: Can a pdf file contain malware?
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 09:30:15 AM »
Thanx, folks.   I suspected it because it was an unknown sender, but wondered because ASM allows pdf attachments.
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Re: Can a pdf file contain malware?
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2010, 10:46:26 AM »
^ one of the reasons that not just any member can attach a file

  

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