Adobe bolsters support for Windows documents

Adobe has rolled out new products that offer customers greater control over who can view sensitive documents.

The company expanded its LiveCycle Policy Server digital-rights management product to enable controls to be placed on Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as the Dassault Systems Catia CAD/CAM application. Policy Server 7.2 version, available this week, lets users set up management controls for opening, printing and the expiration of Word and Excel documents that can be sent torecipients. In addition, Adobe has launched a hosted digital-rights management service called Document Center for organizations that would prefer to outsource the function of Policy Server.

Until now, LiveCycle Policy Server has been limited to supporting Adobe PDF and Acrobat.

"[The new products] allows you, as the creator or owner of the document, to create a list of who can see the documents, who can open them, print, copy, paste or add to them," says Grant Williard, group product manager at Adobe.

The Policy Server can be used in conjunction with Lightweight Access Directory Protocol-based directories, including Microsoft's Active Directory.

The hosted service, Adobe Document Center, is offered free to users until year-end, after which it will cost US$19.99 per month or US$199 per year for an unlimited number of documents for as many as500 recipients.

The LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 starts at a one-time charge for US$100 per user, based on 100 to 499 users.

Spoofed Abode mail poses threat

In other Adobe news, content-filtering vendor SurfControl issued an alert about spoofed mail that appeared to come from Adobe but was from an unknown attacker that had implanted a Trojan keylogger with a message to download the latest version of Abode reader 7.0.8.

If a userclicked on the link, the fake e-mail would download the keylogger, which after executing would download additional malicious code to monitor the user's browser use and potentially steal information. The malware also opens the relevant Abode page in the browser in order to appear legitimate.

The malicious code on the victim's desktop acts as a zombie, sending out spam e-mail that appears to come from Microsoft and advertising Windows Live messenger. The spammed e-mail links to malware files on another server, similar to the malware in the original Adobe spoofed e-mail, according to SurfControl.

Adobe acknowledged it was aware of the fake Adobe e-mail that's circulating and stated "the e-mail is suspected to contain malicious links posing as links to Adobe technology downloads. Adobe has requested that the Internet Service provider take appropriate action and shut down access to the linked Web pages."

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