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ElcomSoft, a firm specializing in state-of-the-art computer forensics tools, said today it has found a vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat 9.

The company says that while Adobe advertises Acrobat 9 as the most secure PDF production tool ever with enhanced 256-bit encryption, it has discovered that the new PDF protection system implemented in Acrobat 9 is even faster to recover than in previous versions. In fact, a hundred times faster. "

The new version of Adobe Acrobat is easier to break," claims ElcomSoft CEO Vladimir Katalov, quoting a speed increase of two orders of magnitude for the new format. "Passwords of 8 symbols or less are no longer secure," he adds. According to ElcomSoft's CEO, using 256-bit AES encryption per se is not enough to achieve ultimate security without employing complex approach and consideration of the entire security system.

ElcomSoft produces a software application calls Advanced PDF Password Recovery which guarantees the recovery of Acrobat passwords in a matter of minutes.
 
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