Adobe Systems is to release security patches on a predictable, monthly basis from next year, following the practice that Microsoft introduced in September 2003.
The security updates will cover most of Adobe's products, and will replace patches currently provided on an ad hoc basis.
Users are expected to be notified of the updates via the same email and automatic update mechanisms currently in use, but Adobe has not yet decided whether it will follow Microsoft in providing some details about the security patches a few days prior to release in order to give administrators an edge.
Macromedia and Adobe have had several notable security vulnerabilities in the past few months. Macromedia, for instance, patched its software twice in two weeks during November, while Adobe had to plug critical holes in its Reader and Acrobat products in late August.
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