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Adobe moves to regular patching cycle

Antony Savvas

Adobe is following the lead set by Microsoft and Oracle and plans to start issuing patches for its expanded product suite as part of a set cycle.

Starting next year, Adobe plans to release monthly security patches for its products. It has issued a number of patches this year to its main products that have prevented remote attackers from taking over users' systems.

Microsoft currently issues security updates on the second Tuesday of the month, and Oracle issues them quarterly.

Following its acquisition of Macromedia earlier this month, Adobe now has nearly 100 products to support and update, so a regular patching cycle is preferable.

The company’s most popular products include the Adobe Acrobat file creation and management system, the free Adobe Reader for handling documents in the Portable Document Format (PDF), and the recently acquired Macromedia Flash Player, which is installed on the majority of internet-connected PCs.

Adobe has not chosen which day of the month it will release the updates, but it has confirmed it will release advanced notification of patches in the same way Microsoft does.


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