No more security patches for Acrobat 2015 and Adobe Reader 2015 from April

Global software giant Adobe has announced that Acrobat 2015 and Adobe Reader 2015 will stop receiving technical or security support from April next year, indicating that organisations and individuals using these products will have to migrate to newer Adobe products to continue enjoying protection from cyber threats.

Both Acrobat 2015 and Adobe Reader 2015 will reach the end of their five-year support cycle early next year, following which users of these products will no longer receive technical or security support from the company. Users are now being advised by Adobe to update to the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

"Starting on April 7, 2020, Adobe will no longer offer product and technical support for Adobe Acrobat 2015 and Adobe Reader 2015. As outlined in the Adobe Support Lifecycle Policy, Adobe provides five years of product support from the general availability date of Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

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"End of support means that Adobe no longer provides technical support, including product and/or security updates, for all derivatives of a product or product version (e.g., localized versions, minor upgrades, operating systems, dot and double-dot releases, and connector products)," the company said.

"You may continue to use Acrobat 2015 and Reader 2015, but Adobe will no longer provide any updates or address any existing bugs or security issues in the software. Because of this, it is strongly recommended that you update to the latest versions of Adobe Acrobat DC and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

"This will ensure that you benefit from all new functional enhancements and security updates, not to mention support for newer operating systems. Technical support for Acrobat 2015 will also be discontinued," it added.

Organisations must use the latest safe versions of technologies when available

"Once any software product is no longer supported, the risk that it may be affected by serious security vulnerabilities increases significantly. Furthermore, these vulnerabilities will remain unpatched – although there are occasionally exceptions to this, such as Microsoft issuing a Windows XP patch for the recent Bluekeep vulnerability," says Michael Barragry, Operations Lead/Security Consultant at Edgescan.

"In general (as is the case here) vendors announce end-of-support well in advance to allow individuals and organisations sufficient time to upgrade to a supported version. The strongest stance you can take in being proactive from a security standpoint is maintaining a strong patching policy and using the latest safe versions of technologies when available," he adds.

Back in October, Microsoft also announced that its decade-old Windows 7 operating system will stop receiving software updates, technical support for any issues, and security updates and fixes from 14 January 2020, and asked all users to migrate to Windows 10 variants at the earliest.

While Microsoft recommended users to upgrade to Windows 10 Home for personal and household use, enterprise users were asked to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro to avail additional features such as BitLocker, remote desktop, and domain join to support professionals.

Microsoft also warned that Office 365 on Windows 7 computers will not receive new feature updates even though Office security updates will be provided up till January 2023.

"Using Office 365 on older, unsupported operating systems may cause performance and reliability issues over time. As a valuable Office 365 subscriber, we want to continue to provide a stable Office 365 experience. Therefore, if you're using Office 365 on a computer running Windows 7 we strongly recommend you move to Windows 10," Microsoft said.

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