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Old 07-11-2011, 08:19 PM
Deron Meranda
Default F15 Why does gnome-shell automatically start Adobe acroread updater? (malware?)

For some reason, my Gnome 3 shell process has forked off an 'acroread'
process which I did not start!

It appears to be attempting to install itself or do something in the
background. This is completely unacceptable, nothing should ever
attempt to download and run some unauthenticated script and should
never attempt to install anything without my explicit knowledge and

I consider this to be a security breach and failure of the Fedora
security policies to permit this. In fact there should be a separate
SELinux context for this commercial app just so it can't do anything
to my system without my knowledge.

XXX 2509 2483 0 Jul10 ? 00:00:01 gnome-session
XXX 2615 2509 1 Jul10 ? 00:12:04 /usr/bin/gnome-shell
XXX 16717 2615 0 13:46 ? 00:00:08 acroread
XXX 16769 16717 20 13:46 ? 00:29:25 /bin/sh
/tmp/acrobat.n9vv0T/AdobeReader/INSTALL --lzma=/home/XXX
XXX 7662 16769 0 15:40 ? 00:00:00 [INSTALL] <defunct>

Does the Gnome shell have some sort of auto-start or auto-update
capability in it, that perhaps Adobe has surreptitiously hooked itself
into. And how do I get it back out?

(The only reason I even have Adobe reader is because Evince can not
fully handle the US IRS tax forms.)
Deron Meranda
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