Entries in Security (6)

RAD PDF 3.30 Released

Today, Red Software updates RAD PDF, a leading ASP.NET 3.5 / 4.x / Core / 5 / 6 web component for editing, form filling, reading, and signing PDF files in an online GUI.

Version 3.30 includes a new AddPath() server-side API for PdfSignatureShapes and copySignatureTo() Client API method.

Additionally, this release includes important bug fixes and security improvements.

This update is available free of charge to customers with an active Maintenance Plan.

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RAD PDF 3.18.5 Released

Red Software is excited to announce compatibility with ASP.NET 5 for its browser friendly GUI for online PDF file viewing, editing, and form filling, RAD PDF!

Version 3.18.5 provides out-of-the-box compatibility with .NET 5's new security defaults and is a recommended update for all customers. This release changes the default Lite Document session serializer to the new PdfLiteSessionSerializer, a secure replacement for the previous default, BinaryFormatter. At this time, PdfLiteSessionSerializer will fallback to BinaryFormatter to maximize compatibility. This can be further secured (and will be the default in a future release) by using another secure formatter / serializer or by setting the static property:

PdfLiteSession.DefaultFormatter = new PdfLiteSessionSerializer(false);

Additionally, this release also includes minor bug fixes and other improvements.

This update is available free of charge to customers with an active Maintenance Plan.

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Concerned About PDF Security? Use PDFescape!

With all of the PDF security warnings being posted around the internet, many PDF users are wondering what the safest course of action really is. Uninstall Adobe Reader? Uninstall all PDF software?

For concerned users, PDFescape, the free PDF editor, is an excellent choice as your PDF reader! The Adobe security flaw is specific to the way in which Adobe handles its JavaScript (a common scripting language which allows PDF forms to have advanced features such as form field formatting and allow fields to calculate their values). PDFescape on the other hand (while it does support JavaScript), is based on the JavaScript engine of your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc). All of these internet browsers are immune these flaws!

Instead of risking opening files in Adobe Reader which may contain a security risk, download any PDF file to your computer. Then open that PDF in PDFescape. PDFescape can view, edit, form fill, and print PDF files all without the use of Adobe Reader or Adobe Flash (both of which had scripting flaws in the past)!

If you absolutely must open PDF files from unknown sources on your computer, you can also turn off JavaScript in Adobe Reader in the preferences menu (just be sure to do this BEFORE double clicking that PDF file).

Encrypt PDF Documents Using PDFescape

PDF files being edited in PDFescape can now be encrypted when exported or emailed.

For quite some time, PDFescape has supported opening PDF files which were encrypted with a password. Now, files saved using the free PDF editor can be password protected.

With a PDF document open in PDFescape, simply hover over the "Edit" menu, and click "Document Security".

Edit and encrypt PDF files using PDFescape for free

Check the box to indicate that you wish to password protect the file, enter your password twice, and click OK.

These password protected files will require the user to enter a password before viewing the exported PDF file and its contents is allowed.

PDFescape encrypts the entire contents of the PDF using 128-bit encryption, keeping sensitive information safe from prying eyes.

Just one more way in which PDFescape continues to be the most featured, free PDF editor.

Support For Calculating Form Fields & Password Protected PDF Files Added

Today PDFescape has received a number of improvements to its free PDF editing software.

First, PDFescape now features support for PDF form fields which calculate values. This improvement not only allows users filling out PDF forms to have a more enriched experience when filling out forms, it allow will allow PDF form distributors to create and email out PDF forms which allow for fewer mistakes when filling a PDF form.

Here is a sample PDF form which demonstrates this new feature. At this time, PDFescape supports all of the standard PDF calculations including sum, average, product, min, and max.

Second, PDFescape now supports the opening of PDF files which are password protected. Password protected PDF files previously had to be unencrypted prior to being opened in PDFescape. PDFescape will now prompt users when a password is required and decrypt the PDF for them.

Because we care about your privacy as much as we care about our own, all passwords submitted when decrypting a file using PDFescape are securely erased once the PDF file has been opened.

Last, but not least, frequent users of PDFescape will notice that PDFescape is now faster and more responsive, especially with large files or files with many form fields. Thanks to some PDFescape engine overhauls, the graphical user interface of our PDF editor is quicker than ever.