Get access to detailed technical information about Acrobat and Reader's security functionality here. The information is intended to help developers, administrators, and end users in enterprise environments. Learn to deploy, configure, and use the Acrobat family of products in digital signatures, encryptions, and other security-related workflows.

Acrobat and Reader also provide a variety of features for integrating 3rd party security products, custom plugins, and customized business processes. These integration points include security handlers for LiveCycle policies and password security, digital ID and certificate, and APIs for digital signatures PKCS#11, MSCAPI, JavaScript, as well as others.

Adminstrator and Technical User Guides

IT-centric documentation for administrators describing configuration and deployment details now resides in the Enterprise Toolkit.

Specifications and Developer Documentation

Cross-domain policy file specification

Adobe (Jan 22, 2010)

Explore the structure of cross-domain policy files, used by a growing number of Adobe products (including Flash, Acrobat, and Adobe Reader), to permit the sharing of data by client-side applications across domains -- providing administrators with the abil

Adobe Acrobat 9 Digital Signature Appearances (PDF, 251k)file

Adobe (May 05, 2008)

Know the guidelines for programmatic generation of standardized appearances for signatures in PDF documents. Check out earlier versions .

FDF Data Exchange Specification (PDF, 478k)file

Adobe (Feb 12, 2007)

Use Forms Data Format (FDF) files to send and share various types of data among users, system administrators, and servers.

PDF Signature Build Dictionary Specification (PDF, 260k)file

Adobe (Dec 07, 2006)

Get access to build properties dictionary of the signature dictionary that third-party software applications use to create signatures.

Adobe Acrobat Digital Signature Path Validation for NIST Compliance Test Outline (updated for Acrobat 9)

Adobe (Apr 20, 2009)

Adobe Acrobat validates a digital signature in accordance with the X.509 standard and RFC 3280. This document is intended for anyone interested in evaluating Acrobat compliance with those features. The document includes test files for those interested in repeating the tests.

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Technical White Papers

Security for Flash Player Compatible Content in Acrobat 9 (PDF, 139k)file

Get an overview of the security model for Flash Player compatible content playing inside Acrobat and Adobe Reader.

Digital Signatures in the PDF Language (PDF, 351k)file

Get the description of digital signature features supported by PDF, how digital signatures are represented in a PDF document, and how they solve the need for trusted documents and signatures.

Digital Signatures in Acrobat (PDF, 452k)file

Get the description of Acrobat's implementation of PDF language features and how Acrobat validates digital signatures.

Guidelines for Developing Cryptographic Service Providers (CSPs) for Acrobat on Windows (PDF, 614k)file

Get guidelines, as developers, to develop a Cryptographic Service Provider (CSP) for use with Acrobat on the Windows® platform. The CSP makes it possible for MSCAPI-compliant applications to access digital IDs through an API.

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