Microsoft to release Flash vulnerability fix for Windows 8 "shortly"

Last week, it was revealed that the RTM users of Windows 8 had an earlier version of Adobe's Flash Player installed that had some known security vulnerabilities. At the time, a Microsoft spokesperson was quoted as saying that " ... we will have a security update coming through Windows Update in the GA timeframe." However, that meant that users of Windows 8 may have had to wait until on or around October 26th to receive the Flash update.

Now it seems that attitude has changed. ZDNet.com reports that, according to a new statement from Microsoft:

In light of Adobe’s recently released security updates for its Flash Player, Microsoft is working closely with Adobe to release an update for Adobe Flash in IE10 to protect our mutual customers. This update will be available shortly. Ultimately, our goal is to make sure the Flash Player in Windows 8 is always secure and up-to-date, and to align our release schedule as closely to Adobe’s as possible.

Microsoft made a big deal earlier this year about its support of Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8, even with with "Modern" version of IE 10 not able to download and install the standard plug-in software.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Microsoft

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MS is only doing this because: it will drive users away from Win 8 and they don't want that. Adobe need to get their act together and release updates quicker, but i suspect that money is the issue. The longer they wait to patch, the more users will be affected and thus the users will pay to get the issue fixed.

soldier1st said,
MS is only doing this because: it will drive users away from Win 8 and they don't want that. Adobe need to get their act together and release updates quicker, but i suspect that money is the issue. The longer they wait to patch, the more users will be affected and thus the users will pay to get the issue fixed.

This will NOT drive users away from Windows 8. The average user could give a **** which version of flash they have.

Now it seems that attitude has changed

Only if you DO NOT understand their definition of GA. OEM/VL is GA, not Retail boxes, this is not 1992.

Neowin writers - Stupid, stupid, stupid...

thenetavenger said,

Only if you DO NOT understand their definition of GA. OEM/VL is GA, not Retail boxes, this is not 1992.

Neowin writers - Stupid, stupid, stupid...


What? GA, as the name implies, is when the product hits public, in retail boxes. Just like when Windows 7 hits GA on 10/22/2009. No? Do correct me if I'm wrong though.

I still don't think "in the GA timeframe" means "when GA happens". Just "in the run up to GA, and certainly *before* GA happens".

So yeah, this makes sense.

*YAWN* -- let me know when Microsoft releases a fix for the abomination that is Windows 8. Oh, I'm sorry ... "Full Screen 8(c)"

-- Brian

runningnak3d said,
*YAWN* -- let me know when Microsoft releases a fix for the abomination that is Windows 8. Oh, I'm sorry ... "Full Screen 8(c)"

-- Brian

Desktop mode? You dont have to use the metro apps, you can still install outlook and other messenging software as win32 apps.

/facepalm

runningnak3d said,
*YAWN* -- let me know when Microsoft releases a fix for the abomination that is Windows 8. Oh, I'm sorry ... "Full Screen 8(c)"

-- Brian


lol you come to Neowin and you have no idea how to work without those fullscreen apps on Windows 8.
/facepalm

grayscale said,

lol you come to Neowin and you have no idea how to work without those fullscreen apps on Windows 8.
/facepalm
Bragging about a fullscreen app is like bragging about how you got a iPhone with apps.

runningnak3d said,
*YAWN* -- let me know when Microsoft releases a fix for the abomination that is Windows 8. Oh, I'm sorry ... "Full Screen 8(c)"

-- Brian


*YAWN* Let me know when idiots like you learn to actually use Windows 8 before hating it.

Zeet said,

*YAWN* Let me know when idiots like you learn to actually use Windows 8 before hating it.

I know perfectly well how to use ****up 8,. but as long as that abomination that is Metro or Modern, or whatever the **** M$ wants to call it this week, is around, devs are going to write apps for it. What used to be perfectly good desktop apps, will be ****ed up fullscreen apps. So, it is either bithc now ans LOUD, and NOT run Win8, so *hopefully* M$ will take a hint -- or just sit back and watch my favorite OS go down the ******.

runningnak3d said,

I know perfectly well how to use ****up 8,. but as long as that abomination that is Metro or Modern, or whatever the **** M$ wants to call it this week, is around, devs are going to write apps for it. What used to be perfectly good desktop apps, will be ****ed up fullscreen apps. So, it is either bithc now ans LOUD, and NOT run Win8, so *hopefully* M$ will take a hint -- or just sit back and watch my favorite OS go down the ******.

Lol you loose ALL credibility when you call them M$

I am so glad Microsoft don't listen to kids like you, Your so scared of innovation that you would sacrifice it all just to keep a task bar with a start menu.

lol pathetic.

myxomatosis said,
So Microsoft must fix Adobe's vulnerabilities now?

Can't wait for this thing to die (Flash)

at least this way it gets done