Adobe will begin releasing monthly security patches next year.

These will start sometime in the next six months and are expected to cover most, if not all, of Adobe's products, said Adrian Ludwig, Adobe's manager of secure software engineering.

Right now, Adobe releases security patches on an ad hoc basis, but customers have asked for a more predictable schedule, Ludwig said: "One of the comments that customers have said is, 'We don't like to be surprised.'"

Though many of the details of the program are still being worked out, users are expected to be notified of the updates via the same email and automatic update mechanisms available today, Ludwig said.

Macromedia, which was recently acquired by Adobe, had been planning to move to a monthly schedule in December. But with the merger, those plans have been pushed back so that the monthly alerts can be done on a company-wide basis, he said.