Windows 8 currently at risk with older Flash build

If you are one of the few people who are currently running the RTM build of Windows 8, you might think you would be all set in terms of being protected by bugs or exploits compared to the pre-release versions. That turns out to be not the case.

ZDNet.com reports that the RTM version does not have the latest version of Adobe's Flash player. Microsoft and Adobe made a big deal about the fact that Windows 8 has Flash support built into the OS and in Internet Explorer 10, without the need to download a web browser plug-in.

However, Adobe recently updated Flash to fix some security holes. That new version is not yet available for Windows 8 RTM users. When contacted, a spokesperson from Microsoft said:

Security is of course important to us, and we are working directly with Adobe to ensure that Windows 8 customers stay secure. We will update Flash in Windows 8 via Windows Update as needed. The current version of Flash in the Windows 8 RTM build does not have the latest fix, but we will have a security update coming through Windows Update in the GA timeframe.

That "GA timeframe" means on or about October 26th, which is still several weeks away. It's unknown why Microsoft would not allow a more timely update for Flash in Windows 8 for those users who have already bought legitimate copies of the RTM build.

Source: ZDNet.com | Image via Adobe

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