Only time will tell if the security features the company claims regarding the new reader will be strong enough to withstand the onslaught of attacks it will be receiving. As with any software, the attacks it receives depends on its popularity. If criminals see a large number of people using the new Firefox PDF reader they will go after it and eventually will find holes to exploit. On the other hand, if the number of users is not worth the effort, the reader will be as secure as the company claims because no one will go after it.
"For a number of years there have been several plugins for viewing PDF’s within Firefox. Many of these plugins come with proprietary closed source code that could potentially expose users to security vulnerabilities. PDF viewing plugins also come with extra code to do many things that Firefox already does well with no proprietary code, such as drawing images and text," said Mozilla (News - Alert) Engineering Manager Bill Walker and Mozilla Software Engineer Brendan Dahl in a blog post.
What this reader shows is the potential of HTML5 and what the future holds when it is fully adopted as the go-to standard; this format is getting better every day. When all the major browsers and W3C (News - Alert) finally come together, it will get more developers to create new tools that are more safe, friendly and adaptable so consumers can use any device or platform without any compatibility issues and with better security features.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey