On Tuesday, Adobe released a new version of its Flash Player in order to fix a security exploit that had been discovered. Because Flash is integrated with the Internet Explorer 10 web browser in Windows 8 and Windows RT, Microsoft has now released a new security update for both operating systems, along with Windows Server 2012.
Microsoft's Security Advisory page posted the alert to the new updates, but doesn't offer any specific details on what is fixed in this patch, saying only that it "addresses the vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player." While people who own Windows RT devices have to use the Windows Update feature, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 can go ahead and download the patches manually.
The update also fixes a minor issue in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that was causing an error message in PowerPoint 2007, PowerPoint 2010, Word 2007, Word 2010, Excel 2007, or Excel 2010 when those programs opened up a document that had an embedded Shockwave Flash object.
Adobe previously released an unscheduled patch for Flash Player earlier in February to close an exploit that was being actively used by hackers. This makes the third patch for Flash Player in February, including a planned update for the software that was released in between the two unscheduled patches.