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FYI: Microsoft Works With Adobe To Patch Win 8 Flash Flaws

"Microsoft has confirmed it is working with Adobe to patch flaws in the Flash player ahead of the Windows 8 launch"

Microsoft has teamed up with Adobe Systems to patch the vulnerabilities in Flash Player that affects Windows 8.

The move is a change in course, as Redmond is choosing to push out a fix before the operating system hits stores next month.

Embedded Flash

In Windows 8, Microsoft has opted to embed Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10). Last week, the company said publicly that it would wait until Windows 8 was generally available before patching Flash Player with the latest updates issued last month by Adobe.

However, in a statement 13 September, a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK that the company is working with Adobe to release an update for Flash in IE 10 that will be available shortly. Since Flash Player is embedded in IE 10, Microsoft will be responsible for patching it for Windows 8 users.

Wolfgang Kandek, CTO at Qualys, said the decision to embed Flash Player into IE 10 is the right thing to do, noting that integrating Flash into IE and taking the responsibility for rolling out patches will improve end-user security. Hopefully, the decision will pave the way for other third-party programs to be patched through the Microsoft updater, he said.

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