By Chris Greamo
Over the past few years, malicious PDFs have become common place and a prefered vector for attackers. Last week, Adobe announced the release
of Reader X – the much anticipated next major release of
their ubiquitous document reader, which includes a new security feature
called ”Protected Mode”. Protected Mode is designed to restrict the
ability of an attacker who exploits Reader using a malicious PDF to
damage, modify, or gain full control of the underlying host.