The Redmond-based technology company today released three different updates to patch vulnerabilities found in Internet Explorer 10’s Flash Player bundled into Windows 8.The three fixes are distributed via Windows Update, but users can also find them in the Microsoft Download Center in case they wish to download them manually.
All three updates are aimed at vulnerabilities discovered in the Adobe Flash Player, as this software is now integrated into Internet Explorer, so Microsoft is responsible for patching every single bug found.
“Security issues have been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a computer running Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 and gain control over it. You can help protect your computer by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer,” Microsoft said in the security advisory.
The three patches can be installed on both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows8, but also on Windows Server 2012.
Adobe, the creator of the Flash Player software, has also announced its decision to pair all future updates with Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday cycle, in order to provide better security to Internet Explorer 10 users.
“Starting with the next Flash Player security update, we plan to release regularly-scheduled security updates for Flash Player on 'Patch Tuesdays,” the company said in a release.
As compared to previous versions, Internet Explorer comes with a factory-installed Flash Player add-on that’s supposed to ease users’ job when browsing the Internet. On the other hand, Microsoft is the only one responsible for patching any Flash Player bug, so more frequent patches are very likely to be released in the upcoming years.
Microsoft claims it’s closely working with the Adobe team to make the whole patch releasing job as fast as possible, so users shouldn’t notice any delay in getting fixes for their browsers.