Photoshop: Wrong Smart Object updated after Image duplication

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To see the problem, do the following:

1) Open a psd file with a regular Smart Object. Lets call this FILE Z.
2) Go to Image > Duplicate. You now have a temporary, unsaved file. Lets call this FILE Y.
3) Now if you edit the Smart Object inside FILE Y, and save it, the updated object will be the Smart Object in FILE Z, and not the object inside FILE Y, as expected.

Previous Photoshop versions didn't have this behavior. The only workaround is to choose 'new Smart Object via Copy' in the duplicated file.

Photoshop CC 14.2.1 x64
Running on MacOSX Mt. Lion
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I think you mean to say:

1) Open a PSD file with a *linked* smart object. This behavior doesn't happen with embedded smart objects.

That said, if 1) is a *linked* smart object, I don't think the problem is that file updates in FILE Z. The behavior I'm seeing is that the *linked* Smart Object in FILE Y doesn't update when I save the edit from step 3. This is solved by clicking Update Contents in the properties file.
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No, they're not linked Smart Objects. I think Photoshop does not create a new reference for smart objects when duplicating images.

I've uploaded a video to show this problem: http://youtu.be/2mFyP8DuZ2w
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Can you post your File Z?
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Update:

Tested with Photoshop CS5.1. It works as expected: http://youtu.be/0tnnunIGCoc