Adobe, Microsoft sync up patch schedule in overdue move

Summary:Better late than never. Adobe will follow Microsoft's Patch Tuesday schedule to bring some normalcy to the patching process.


Adobe has adopted Microsoft's Patch Tuesday schedule in a move that's welcome and way overdue.

The company on Tuesday issued an update that patched a bevy of Flash security issues. Microsoft also delivered patches for its IE 10 browser, which included an embedded Flash fix. Going forward, Adobe and Microsoft will be more in sync. 

Adobe's move was highlighted by Computerworld.

The move is way overdue. Adobe's Flash software often has gaping holes and patches that aren't exactly on a regular schedule. By aligning with Patch Tuesday, Adobe will be have to issue more regular updates.

Of course, Adobe didn't have much of a choice. Microsoft embedded Flash Player in its IE 10 browser for Windows 8. For consumers, the Patch Tuesday synchronization isn't going to be that big of a deal.

But for enterprises that have to plan for patches and then fix everything that breaks, the Adobe-Microsoft timing collaboration should be cheered. After all, we can debate the merits of Flash forever, but enterprises have a lot of applications built on it.

Adobe has a big security bulls eye on its back and following Microsoft's security release schedule can only help.

Topics: Security


Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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