is considering patching
its applications more frequently after moving to a quarterly patching schedule for its Acrobat
and Reader programs last year.
Brad Arkin, director for product security
, was asked during a Microsoft security event in Redmond, Wash., earlier this week whether Adobe was considering a monthly rather than quarterly patch cycle. Adobe now patches Reader and Acrobat every three months on the same day Microsoft issues its monthly patches, on the second Tuesday of the month. Patches for other Adobe applications are issued on an as-needed basis.
"As for the patch cycle, this is something we are carefully evaluating in trying to provide the best possible solution for our customers," Adobe said in a statement. "We are taking all factors into consideration, including the cost of patch deployment in managed environments."