blog Upstart PDF reader for Windows, FoxIt reader, has come out with a new "safe reading" feature — a needed addition to be sure, but it should go further.
FoxIt's new "safe reading" feature prevents an external application from launching (Screenshot by Chris Duckett/ZDNet Australia)
However, let's not get carried away and think that this is part of a grand security design by FoxIt — in fact, FoxIt calls it "a follow-up security improvement to the Foxit Reader release on April 2nd". PDFs have had security issues for quite a while now and there has been ample opportunity to one-up Adobe on security, something that FoxIt was not in a position to do when this PDF exploit appeared in late March, but which "safe reading" rectifies.
How Adobe Reader handles external application calls (Screenshot by Chris Duckett/ZDNet Australia)
So "safe reading" has a bit to go before it's really safe.