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Microsoft and Adobe Jointly Fix Adobe Flash Vulnerabilities

Shortly after Adobe released a patch for Adobe Flash vulnerabilities, Microsoft had unveiled an update exclusively designed to fix the vulnerabilities of IE 10 brought by Adobe Flash Player. Since Windows 8 is not covered in Adobe’s solution, similar update from Microsoft is quite necessary. However, the fact that Microsoft and Adobe Flash jointly fix Adobe Flash vulnerabilities is still quite surprising.

The solution provided by Adobe only works on plug-in version of Adobe Flash or Adobe AIR. Since Adobe Flash becomes a built-in component of IE 10, vulnerabilities of Windows 8 are beyond the reach of Adobe‘s solution. That’s to say, solution from Microsoft is the only way to get rid of those Flash vulnerabilities caused by Adobe Flash Player in Windows 8. However, while the world believes the update will come after the launch date of Windows 8, Microsoft’s decision to debut the solution on the same date with that of Adobe is still out of everyone’s expectation.

Actually the cooperation between Microsoft and Adobe is full of such surprises. While most major operation systems were rejecting Adobe Flash, Windows 8 decided to leave a room for it. As an alternative app to Adobe Flash developed by Microsoft in 2007, Silverlight was even replaced by Adobe Flash as the built-in component of IE 10 to help users gain access to Flash content. After Flash vulnerabilities in IE 10 were found, everyone believed that Adobe Flash lost its last chance in Windows 8. However, now it seems that Windows 8 users need to handle with Adobe Flash for quite a long time.

As a vulnerable application, Adobe Flash has brought one security concern after another to PCs in 2012. According to the latest patch from Adobe, 25 Flash vulnerabilities were covered including 14 buffer overflows and 11 memory corruption flaws. After applying the patch, the Adobe Flash Player version will be updated to 11.4.402.287. Meanwhile, the update released by Microsoft named Security Advisory 2755801 aims to wipe out those Flash vulnerabilities in IE 10. The fix will be updated automatically in Windows 8 systems with default update settings. For users who have banned automatic update function, they need to fix the bug manually.

However, even with the support of Windows 8, Adobe Flash still witnesses a tough way lying ahead. For one thing, the vulnerable application will be ceased to update in just a few years; for another, alternative apps like HTML5, Silverlight from Microsoft and Gianduia from Apple will definitely become more and more popular in the future.   

Something You Want to Know about Brand-New Windows 8

It is time now to embrace the brand-new Windows 8 though its release date is still not confirmed. No matter you already fall in love with Windows 7 or you still have hatred towards Windows Vista, let us forget it, because Windows 8 is definitely a very exciting thing and has so many differences from the previous versions ever.

We have the first-hand information from Microsoft side about Windows 8 and I can not wait to share some with you.

New and Beautiful User Interface

Metro Style – Windows 8 introduces a new Metro style interface, which shows the information important to you, embodies simplicity, and gives you control.

New Start Screen – The new Start screen gives you a fast way to interact with all of your apps and content.

Touch Keyboard – Windows 8 has two touch keyboards for ultimate mobility and flexibility. An improved, full-sized touch keyboard with larger buttons and a unique thumb keyboard make it easy to use your computer on the go.

One Windows – Many Shapes – Support for ARM-based chipsets, touch, and sensors makes Windows 8 work beautifully on your choice of a full spectrum of devices.

Powered by Apps

Your Apps Come with You – When you sign in with your connected Microsoft account to another PC running Windows 8, your Metro style apps and settings go with you, so it’s just like you’re using your own PC.

Apps can Work Together – Apps can communicate with each other in Windows 8.

Always on and always Connected – Metro style apps run and stay up to date even when the PC is on standby.

Great Apps Right out of the Box – Whether it’s entertainment, getting work done, staying in touch, being informed, or keeping memories, you’ll have the important apps you need.

Internet Explorer 10: the Web by Touch – Metro style Internet Explorer 10 provides a fast and fluid touch-first browsing experiences:

a. Touch browsing, not just browsing on a touch device – Internet Explorer 10, optimized for touch browsing, is built for speed and fluidity.

b. Your sites are at the center – The Metro style interface of Internet Explorer 10 is cleaner and the browser gets out of the way, so the focus is on your favorite sites.

c. Experience a more beautiful web – By taking advantage of Windows and your device’s hardware, IE10 continues the IE9 commitment to loading sites so fast that it feels nearly instantaneous.

Windows Store – The new Windows Store features great apps you might be familiar with and others you’ll love getting to know.

Desktop

Compatibility – On x86 and x64 PCs, Windows 8 supports Windows 7 desktop applications and devices so you don’t have to compromise or give up what you’re used to.

More for power users – If you want to push the limits of your PC experience, we’ve invested in the features most often used by power users.

a. File management with ease – We’ve enhanced Windows Explorer to make file navigation and common file management tasks straightforward.

b. Task Manager – The new Task Manager is your easy-to-use, all-in-one dashboard for monitoring and controlling your PC so you always know what’s going on with it.

c. Multi-monitor options – Using multiple monitors is more flexible than ever before.

d. Push-Button Reset – Windows 8 comes with a number of options to restore your PC to its original state.

Windows Update – Windows 8 takes care of keeping your computer up to date, including most maintenance activities, without getting in your way.