On an unusually light Patch Tuesday, Windows 7 gets three nonsecurity updates and Windows 8 gets its first patch.
But Microsoft is scrambling to add Flash updating to Windows 8 in order to protect the newly released platform.
Problems with tiles, and a Flash update to come
Windows 8 is barely out of RTM and already has an update for its user interface. KB 2751352 fixes an issue with Win8 tiles when using the “All Apps View.” Microsoft states that All Apps View is not updating a cache correctly when you change a tile’s file-type association.
That’s a minor problem, compared to updating Adobe Flash in Windows 8. Although Windows 7 users can download the latest Adobe Flash update (site) on their own, Win8’s Internet Explorer 10 has Flash embedded. That means Microsoft must provide any Flash updates for IE 10. Until that happens, the browser is vulnerable.
As noted in a ZDNet blog, Microsoft plans to release the needed update “shortly.” If you’ve already taken the Windows 8 plunge, it might be good to download another browser.
What to do: Windows 8 users should install KB 2751352 and be on the lookout for the upcoming Flash update. I’ll discuss Windows 8 patching in an upcoming article.
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Three nonsecurity updates for Windows 7
As is its unfortunate habit of late, Microsoft has released a few nonsecurity updates on Patch Tuesday. As regular Patch Watch readers know, I don’t approve of mixing together nonsecurity and security updates — it just makes the process of installing and testing critical security patches more difficult. However, September’s Patch Tuesday has so few security patches, I’m okay with tackling the following nonsecurity updates now rather than at the end of the month.