Microsoft releases new IE10/Windows 8 Flash update

Earlier this morning, Abobe released a new update for its Flash Player software for various platforms. The update did not include one for Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8. Now, Microsoft has confirmed it has released a new update for IE10 that does indeed update the web browser for the latest version of Flash.

In a post on the company's Security Response Center blog, Microsoft said, "Today we revised Security Advisory 2755801 to address issues in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10, in conjunction with Adobe’s update process." The company added, "We remain committed to taking the appropriate actions to help protect customers and will continue to work closely with Adobe to deliver quality protections that are aligned with Adobe’s update process."

A few weeks ago, some early users of Windows 8 complained that the version of Flash that was included in IE10 was well behind the version that was already installed in other platforms. It appears that with this new Flash update, we can expect to see IE10 on Windows 8 to receive the Flash updates around the same time as other platforms from now on. Indeed, Microsoft said that for IE10, it may "issue updates outside of our regular monthly security bulletin release."

Source: Microsoft Security Response Center blog | Image via Adobe

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Before the KB2758994 update, IE (Desktop and Modern both) showed:
You have version 11,3,374,7 installed

After the KB2758994 update, IE (Desktop and Modern both) showed:
You have version 11,3,375,10 installed

And the About Flash page at http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ shows, whoa wait... it actually has a special version listing for Windows 8 now? Wow. And the version listed is older than the "regular" Windows version? Surprise.

Do we yet know if IE10 in Windows RT will have flash built in? Will I, for example, be able to watch hulu in the browser without hulu plus?

owenv said,
Do we yet know if IE10 in Windows RT will have flash built in? Will I, for example, be able to watch hulu in the browser without hulu plus?

AFAIK that's the very reason Flash is built-in - to make it WinRT-compatible.

owenv said,
Do we yet know if IE10 in Windows RT will have flash built in? Will I, for example, be able to watch hulu in the browser without hulu plus?

Nuances aside, I think this is a big deal. Putting a desktop OS on a tablet seriously rocks the boat for streaming media, which has spent the last several years pushing a model that differentiates based on screens.

Hulu on the desktop? No restrictions.
Hulu anywhere else? Hulu Plus only.

Enter Windows 8--how will the networks deal?

Aethec said,

AFAIK that's the very reason Flash is built-in - to make it WinRT-compatible.

Being built-in on the Pro version of Windows 8 does not guarantee ARM compatibility, nor does it guarantee that it will be built into IE10 on ARM, but it most likely will be. Adobe has some experience with ARM chipsets thanks to Android. On the negative side, Flash eats battery-life and that is not something that I want on my tablet.

pickypg said,

Being built-in on the Pro version of Windows 8 does not guarantee ARM compatibility, nor does it guarantee that it will be built into IE10 on ARM, but it most likely will be. Adobe has some experience with ARM chipsets thanks to Android. On the negative side, Flash eats battery-life and that is not something that I want on my tablet.


Flash being a gigantic power/resource drain hasn't been the case since 10.x
It might still not be optimal but it hasn't been such a big issue and I'm quite sure if it was still a big issue, no way MS would bundle it with WinRT.

Shadowzz said,

Flash being a gigantic power/resource drain hasn't been the case since 10.x
It might still not be optimal but it hasn't been such a big issue and I'm quite sure if it was still a big issue, no way MS would bundle it with WinRT.

I'll give you that it's not as bad as it once was, particularly as it finally uses hardware support for video, but the difference between battery life watching something through Flash versus watching something through Silverlight is astounding.

On my laptop, I use Chrome with FlashControl to disable 100% of Flash except on YouTube and Hulu, just to avoid the significant power drain (and viruses from ads on weakly secured ad servers).

Shadowzz said,

Flash being a gigantic power/resource drain hasn't been the case since 10.x
It might still not be optimal but it hasn't been such a big issue and I'm quite sure if it was still a big issue, no way MS would bundle it with WinRT.

If MS can stand to gain from it and maintain dominance, then they would of course bundle it. I for one, think that bundling it, from a security standpoint, is foolish and opens Win up to more security woes.

soldier1st said,

If MS can stand to gain from it and maintain dominance, then they would of course bundle it. I for one, think that bundling it, from a security standpoint, is foolish and opens Win up to more security woes.

It's bundled with the browser, just like it is in Chrome.

Flash is just another attack vector; why is Microsoft including it with Windows? Besides it is an unstable piece of crap to begin with.

spy beef said,
Flash is just another attack vector; why is Microsoft including it with Windows? Besides it is an unstable piece of crap to begin with.

Most porn sites I come across (no pun intended) require Flash Not being able to view them in the "Metro" Internet Explorer annoys me because I visit those sites daily, usually.

Calum said,

Most porn sites I come across (no pun intended) require Flash Not being able to view them in the "Metro" Internet Explorer annoys me because I visit those sites daily, usually.

Horny men of the world: "Damn you Microsoft! We need to Fap!"

Microsoft: "*sigh* Oh go on then..." *gives flash for "metro"*

Horny Men: *fap* *fap* *fap*

Calum said,

Most porn sites I come across (no pun intended) require Flash Not being able to view them in the "Metro" Internet Explorer annoys me because I visit those sites daily, usually.

That's quite honest

Calum said,

Most porn sites I come across (no pun intended) require Flash Not being able to view them in the "Metro" Internet Explorer annoys me because I visit those sites daily, usually.
Internet Explorer and porn don't mix! That's just asking for trouble! It's like mixing ice cream with broccoli! Both scenarios are disastrous!

Calum said,

Most porn sites I come across (no pun intended) require Flash Not being able to view them in the "Metro" Internet Explorer annoys me because I visit those sites daily, usually.

There's several that do h.264 streams mate
JHBrown said,
Internet Explorer and porn don't mix! That's just asking for trouble! It's like mixing ice cream with broccoli! Both scenarios are disastrous!
Funny, I can visit all the dark corners of the internet with IE without getting drive-by'd or horrified by the nr of popups and fake ads. Problems I've encountered several times with FF and Chrome.
Stop hating and open your eyes mate. Since I've switched to IE as my main browser since IE8, I've yet to get infected from just browsing websites. Eventhough FF and Chrome have taken down my system into safe/recovery mode several times since then.

Calum said,

Most porn sites I come across (no pun intended) require Flash Not being able to view them in the "Metro" Internet Explorer annoys me because I visit those sites daily, usually.

Straight to the topic? I like it.

Shadowzz said,

There's several that do h.264 streams mate
Funny, I can visit all the dark corners of the internet with IE without getting drive-by'd or horrified by the nr of popups and fake ads. Problems I've encountered several times with FF and Chrome.
Stop hating and open your eyes mate. Since I've switched to IE as my main browser since IE8, I've yet to get infected from just browsing websites. Eventhough FF and Chrome have taken down my system into safe/recovery mode several times since then.

I've always thought porn sites were some of the safer sites, when visiting those dark corners of the net.

I've fixed WAY more computers that have been hit by drive by's and what not when those people are only doing Facebook, those coupon saver sites, and even religious sites.

Why would those porn sites want to mess your stuff up when they eventually want to to entice you into spending money on something?

I've never changed my default browser from IE in my life and have never been hit by any drive by's, etc. Of course, I CAN say the same thing about using Seamonkey, Opera, Palemoon, Waterfox and SRWare Iron!

spy beef said,
Flash is just another attack vector; why is Microsoft including it with Windows? Besides it is an unstable piece of crap to begin with.

Winbloz will indeed be less secure now.