Adobe and Microsoft are now "married" with Flash update change

Adobe really, really wants to make sure that its Flash player works alongside Microsoft software products. The companies got Flash working for Internet Explorer 10 for Windows 8 without the need for a third party plug-in product. However, before Windows 8 launched in late October, early users of the OS were concerned that Adobe was not updating Flash for Windows 8 at the same time as its other products.

Now, that problem seems to have been solved. Computerworld.com reports, that according to a Adobe rep, "Starting with the next Flash Player security update, we plan to release regularly-scheduled security updates for Flash Player on 'Patch Tuesdays.'"

"Patch Tuesday" is the term that's used by others to describe Microsoft's monthly update of its software products, including its various versions of Windows. The next "Patch Tuesday" is coming up on November 13th.

In a statement, Andrew Storms, director of security operations at nCircle Security, made light of this update change by Adobe, saying, "Microsoft and Adobe are now officially married." He added that it was " ... inevitable that Adobe was going to be strong-armed into following Microsoft's patch cadence." Before now, Adobe basically updated Flash for its various platforms whenever it wanted to.

A Microsoft spokesperson is quoted as saying, "Our customers tell us that they strongly prefer a predictable cadence of security-update releases, and we aim to honor that preference."

Source: Computerworld.com

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someone confirm for me. before MS said that it would require websites to be whitelisted. (True) what about now? do they still need to be white listed or will it work with all websites now? (ie10 metro) i dont have windows 8 anymore so i can't check.

one will fix bugs. another will create bugs. simultaneously. hence complete the circle of patched windows life. this is priceless. lmao.

Jaybonaut said,
Flash still doesn't run quite right in Firefox ever since they screwed it up some months back.
Flash never ran right on Firefox for as far back as I can remember.. lol

Ryoken said,
Flash never ran right on Firefox for as far back as I can remember.. lol

No it was pretty stable until earlier this year - Adobe admitted it when it happened.

Don't really see this as a good thing. Before Chrome & IE had built in Flash player, you just had the Flash autoupdater and one company (Adobe) pushing the updates. Now Adobe has to publish them, then they go through Google or Microsoft then to the user. Adding a middle man, which probably delays updates so you could end up with 3 or 4 different versions of Flash depending on how many browsers you use and how prompt the middle man pushes the update.

Its a dying platform.

IOS and Android have dropped it for good reasons, I think its only a matter of time before Microsoft do the same.
Its time for the internet to move onto bigger, better and safer things.

Including flash in win8 is just begging hackers to make windows 8 the ultimate target. Glad i'm skipping win8, win7 is good enough for me.

torrentthief said,
Including flash in win8 is just begging hackers to make windows 8 the ultimate target. Glad i'm skipping win8, win7 is good enough for me.

Because Flash doesn't work on Win7 or because Win7 has never had a security problem?

I was updating flash probably a couple times a month on 7... semi-manually via FileHippo Update checker. This sounds more convenient.

soldier1st said,
Bad move adobe. Patching once a month will leave your customers more vulnerable.

Its more updates then they have done now they released 9 updates so far in 2012. and we are in the 11th month.

Dear Microsoft,

Thank you for screwing up my Slingplayer watching just now. I am glad you "refreshed some of my tabs to apply a flash player update". Not like I was watching anything.

NeoandGeo said,
Dear Microsoft,

Thank you for screwing up my Slingplayer watching just now. I am glad you "refreshed some of my tabs to apply a flash player update". Not like I was watching anything.

Sounds like you should learn how to customize your Automatic Updates to fit your schedule.

Like Microsoft... if there is a known exploited vulnerability you will have to wait a while?
I know with Google they get access to the code, and chrome will sometimes update before adobe officially updates.

Jason Stillion said,
Like Microsoft... if there is a known exploited vulnerability you will have to wait a while?
I know with Google they get access to the code, and chrome will sometimes update before adobe officially updates.

This is a rather ignorant view to have. Fixing an exploit isn't just a case of changing a couple of lines of code and bobs your uncle there you go. They need to figure out a way to patch the exploit, make sure that the patch doesn't open up any new security holes and most importantly, test the hell out of it to make sure that it will not interfere with any software / hardware configurations.

Ad Man Gamer said,

This is a rather ignorant view to have. Fixing an exploit isn't just a case of changing a couple of lines of code and bobs your uncle there you go. They need to figure out a way to patch the exploit, make sure that the patch doesn't open up any new security holes and most importantly, test the hell out of it to make sure that it will not interfere with any software / hardware configurations.

...and then wait until the following Tuesday before you release your carefully crafted patch, leaving your users at risk from attackers in the meantime.

robinjam said,

...and then wait until the following Tuesday before you release your carefully crafted patch, leaving your users at risk from attackers in the meantime.

High risk security patches are usually available as hotfixes outside of the regular schedule.

I may not be a fan of the Windows 8 UI, but Adobe and Microsoft deserve credit for working together to ensure that users of their products can experience the full web, unlike a certain fruit based company.

Javik said,
I may not be a fan of the Windows 8 UI, but Adobe and Microsoft deserve credit for working together to ensure that users of their products can experience the full web, unlike a certain fruit based company.

Grow up.

King Mustard said,

Grow up.

Both Windows and web (save for some "grow up" spitting herd mentality crybabies) has been about legacy support and backwards compatibility, and things have been deprecated only when there's absolutely too late already.
Supporting and imposing certain rules on Flash (but not encouraging it and still pushing HTML5 agenda - not like it's a bit better, but that's another story) is the best thing Microsoft could have done, and it makes platform much more usable.

King Mustard said,

Grow up.

Did I miss something? Microsoft and Adobe are working together, Apple and Adobe are not. What he said was true.

Javik said,

What exactly have I said that is wrong?

He isn't calling you out because you are wrong. It is the internet. Most things don't have much explanation.