Google now doing Patch Tuesday

Microsoft is pretty good at patching its software, with the second Tuesday of every month dedicated to rolling out patches, updates, and drivers. Adobe followed suit just last month, adopting Patch Tuesday as the day they would unleash their updates to the masses. Now Google has followed suit.

This all seems to stem from Microsoft’s decision to bundle Flash in with Windows 8 and RT. With Adobe updating Flash Player on the same day Microsoft rolls out its latest software patches, Google’s hand has been forced as it bakes Flash Player into Chrome and is required to update the browser as soon as Adobe updates its Flash Player. So when Microsoft update, so does Adobe and now Google.

Security professionals are looking at this move as a good thing. Jason Miller R & D Manager at VMware has said:

It's good to see vendors coordinate like this….. The biggest win [for users] is if all the vendors provided an advance notification so security teams could plan accordingly. Without proper notice, we are really in the same boat as before, where the surprise updates catch you off guard.

Although Google is not sticking to a set Patch Tuesday schedule for releasing updates; Chrome is regularly patched, and will continue to be patched without a set schedule, each month. But when Adobe patches Flash Player on the second Tuesday of each month, Google will have to patch Chrome accordingly, therefore taking part in Patch Tuesday's operations.

It’s good that the major software providers are starting to synchronise their updates, even if it isn’t quite on their own terms.

Source: PC World

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Updating Chrome every month? They haven't been updating it for almost half a year. There has been few updates on market that actually didn't made any difference. It's still laggiest and buggiest of all major browsers on Android...

If everyone rolls their updates out on the 2nd Tuesday of the month then it's going to be mighty hard to try and figure out what caused any post-patching problem one may experience.

This is a good thing for all users. Flash exploits are an increasingly growing security concern.

Now to sort out the Java mess and things will be a lot safer for the average joe

So... Google aren't now doing "Patch Tuesday". They're simply updating their one bit of software on the same day as updates for Flash Player comes.

Well if that qualifies for "Patch Tuesday" then most other developers who by pure coincidence and not by advanced planning release patches on the exact same day would also be doing a Patch Tuesday.

*facepalm*

Microsoft is pretty good at patching its software

bwahahahahahahaha
That's the funniest thing I've read on the internet all week. Thanks for the laughs Neowin.

Cøi said,
Weird humour you have. Is 1+1=2 also funny to you?

Nope, but blatantly ridiculous statements are often funny, like the one I quoted.

Case in point, remember just the other day when it was reported that IE can be used to track your mouse movements, even when it is minimized, and it was reported to Microsoft that not only was it an issue, but one that is currently being exploited, and Microsoft's response was basically "well, we don't think it's a problem, but if something really bad happens, we'll look into it", you know, instead of just actually patching the issue. But yes, "Microsoft is pretty good at patching its software". *rolls eyes*

Well maybe if you were smart enough to comprehend the issue with the mouse tracking then you would have a point. Since you clearly misread or stopped at the title I can not take you seriously. Microsoft is one of if not the only company that supports their entire suite of products and release fixes every month. Name one other company that updates their sofware each month on ALL; I say that again ALL their software.

DBrandUSA said,
Well maybe if you were smart enough to comprehend the issue with the mouse tracking then you would have a point. Since you clearly misread or stopped at the title I can not take you seriously. Microsoft is one of if not the only company that supports their entire suite of products and release fixes every month. Name one other company that updates their sofware each month on ALL; I say that again ALL their software.

How about companies that simply patch as issues come up, for example, basically every single Linux distribution. And don't give me this "patch all their software each month" BS. You know it is BS.

But then, you are apologizing for a company that is leaving a security hole involving mouse tracking open. If you are not smart enough to comprehend why that is a problem, there is no point in taking you seriously.

Another idiot who doesn't even understand what that non-issue "mouse tracking" issue even was. And I hate to hurt your feelings but it is possible in Chrome and FF as well.

Lord Method Man said,
Another idiot who doesn't even understand what that non-issue "mouse tracking" issue even was. And I hate to hurt your feelings but it is possible in Chrome and FF as well.

Nope, not an idiot, and since when is a flaw which transmits information of your actions without your knowledge a non-issue. I suppose keyloggers and the like are non-issues as well right? Nothing to see here, move along.
And if it is an issue in all browsers, then all browsers should get off their respective tushs and get patching.
You go ahead and keep calling others names though. whatever you need to do to make yourself feel better.

kenboldt said,

Nope, not an idiot, and since when is a flaw which transmits information of your actions without your knowledge a non-issue. I suppose keyloggers and the like are non-issues as well right? Nothing to see here, move along.
And if it is an issue in all browsers, then all browsers should get off their respective tushs and get patching.
You go ahead and keep calling others names though. whatever you need to do to make yourself feel better.

Your a fool for attacking the mouse tracking.

ITS A W3 STANDARD. Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome... THEY ALL IMPLEMENT THIS FUNCTIONALITY.

geesh.

Mozilla throws it on the 'if the window is minimzed it doesn't work'
OH and how about people with dual monitors? or people that just have several windows floating about?

How come this isn't an issue. But because IE has this functionality (as by the w3 standards) people keep constantly crying about.
Dude go outside, enjoy life. Don't be spreading so much unbased nonsense

Better known as FUD

No, but they probably are Microsoft employees!

From a user perspective, this is great - we'll only have one day when updates will nag on us.

i will be more than happy if i were MS employee but im not
i just hate scrooogle lol

@doomsdaymayyan congratulations you are now 19years old impressive

Tpiom said,
No, but they probably are Microsoft employees!

From a user perspective, this is great - we'll only have one day when updates will nag on us.


Not really, Chrome updates are invisible to the user, they just happen!

Tpiom said,
No, but they probably are Microsoft employees!

From a user perspective, this is great - we'll only have one day when updates will nag on us.

I strongly doubt MS employees act that way towards other companies.

Exactly!!

DoomsDayMayan said,
Wow, some of the comments here are extremely childish. Is everyone here under the age of 18?

You didn't say that?!

Yeah, Microsoft and Apple are the two biggest search and advertising providers out there. How dare Google copy that.

Seriously though, what part of "Google's hand has been forced" did you miss?

GoogleDoucheness

Kushan said,
Yeah, Microsoft and Apple are the two biggest search and advertising providers out there. How dare Google copy that.

Seriously though, what part of "Google's hand has been forced" did you miss?

1Pixel said,
All Google do is copy MS. And on the rare occasions that they don't, they copy Apple.

What an utterly ridiculous statement to make.

Delay the browser update (which has Flash baked in) JUST to not "copy" but leave vulnerabilities out in the wild for no good reason?

Yeah, seems like a good idea! /s

GS:mac

wow, whata bunch of idiotic statements in just a few posts alone. I dont need to read anymore. This is an instance that it really doesnt matter if Google copied MS. Who the **** cares. Means more updates and better support from Google. This is a GOOD thing and I doubt MS even cares.

Some people here really need to think before they post something.