Microsoft and Adobe collaborate on security, Storms argued, pointing to the latter's July announcement to join the Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP), which gives select security companies early warning on upcoming patches.
Adobe has also adopted a version of Microsoft's Software Development Lifecycle (SDL), a program designed to bake security awareness into products, and picked Microsoft developers' brains to create the "sandbox" technology, slated to show up in Reader next month.
Storms, who in the past has criticized Apple for patching Flash months after the same fixes were available for Windows, wondered why the company singled out Adobe's software.
"If they're going to say they're doing it so that users have the most up-to-date versions, then they should stop issuing patches for every other third-party application in Mac OS X," Storms said.
Apple and Adobe have been at loggerheads over Flash ever since the former refused to allow the popular technology on its iPhone. The dispute has been heated this year, as the two companies traded blows over Flash content on Apple's iOS mobile operating system, with CEO Steve Jobs trashing Flash in an April public missive and the co-chairs of Adobe's board of directors accusing Apple of undermining the Web in mid-May.
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