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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Adobe Flash Player and AIR Critical Security Updates

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Adobe Flashplayer

Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh and Version for Linux.  The updates are to address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  Adobe AIR has been updated to Version 20.0.260.

Release date: February 9, 2016
Vulnerability identifier: APSB16-04
Priority: See table below
CVE number: CVE-2016-0964, CVE-2016-0965, CVE-2016-0966, CVE-2016-0967, CVE-2016-0968, CVE-2016-0969, CVE-2016-0970, CVE-2016-0971, CVE-2016-0972, CVE-2016-0973, CVE-2016-0974, CVE-2016-0975, CVE-2016-0976, CVE-2016-0977, CVE-2016-0978, CVE-2016-0979, CVE-2016-0980, CVE-2016-0981, CVE-2016-0982, CVE-2016-0983, CVE-2016-0984, CVE-2016-0985
Platform: Windows, Macintosh and Linux

Warning:  Although Adobe suggests downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, that link includes a pre-checked option to install unnecessary extras, such as McAfee Scan Plus or Google Drive.  If you use the download center, uncheck any unnecessary extras. 

    • If you use the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, be careful to uncheck any optional downloads that you do not want.  Any pre-checked option is not needed for the Flash Player update.
    • Uncheck any toolbar offered with Adobe products if not wanted.
    • If you use alternate browsers, it is necessary to install the update for both Internet Explorer as well as the update for alternate browsers.
    • The separate 32-bit and 64-bit uninstallers have been replaced with a single uninstaller.

    Verify Installation

    To verify the Adobe Flash Player version number installed on your computer, go to the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe Flash Player" from the menu. 

    Do this for each browser installed on your computer.

    To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player for Android, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Adobe Flash Player x.x.


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    Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for February, 2016

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    Microsoft released thirteen (13) bulletins.  Six (6) bulletins are identified as Critical and the remaining seven (7) are rated Important in severity.

    The updates address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Office Services and Web Apps,
    Microsoft Server Software and Microsoft .NET Framework.

    For Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Version 1511, Adobe Flash Player is now a security bulletin rather than a security advisory and was included with the updates.

    As a very welcome change in response to feedback, Microsoft is now providing more details about the Windows 10 updates delivered through Windows Update. A summary of important product developments included in each update, with links to more details is available at Windows 10 Update History. The page will be regularly refreshed, as new updates are released.

      • MS16-009 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (3134220) 
      • MS16-011 Cumulative Security Update for Microsoft Edge (3134225)
      • MS16-012 Security Update for Microsoft Windows PDF Library to Address Remote Code Execution (3138938)
      • MS16-013 Security Update for Windows Journal to Address Remote Code Execution (3134811)
      • MS16-015 Security Update for Microsoft Office to Address Remote Code Execution (3134226)
      • MS16-022 Security Update for Adobe Flash Player (3135782)
      • MS16-014 Security Update for Microsoft Windows to Address Remote Code Execution (3134228)
      • MS16-016 Security Update for WebDAV to Address Elevation of Privilege (3136041)
      • MS16-017 Security Update for Remote Desktop Display Driver to Address Elevation of Privilege (3134700) 
      • MS16-018 Security Update for Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers to Address Elevation of Privilege (3136082)
      • MS16-019 Security Update for .NET Framework to Address Denial of Service (3137893)
      • MS16-020 Security Update for Active Directory Federation Services to Address Denial of Service (3134222)
      • MS16-021  Security Update for NPS RADIUS Server to Address Denial of Service (3133043)

        Additional Update Notes

        Sunday, February 07, 2016

        Java Out-of-Band Critical Security Update

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        Oracle released an out-of-band critical security update which addresses CVE-2016-0603 which can be exploited when installing Java SE 6, 7 or 8 on the Windows platform. 

        Important Note:  The exposure exists only during the installation process.  Thus, Java SE users who have downloaded any old version of Java SE prior to 6u113, 7u97 or 8u73 for later installation needs to discard the old downloads and replace them with 6u113, 7u97 or 8u73 or later. 

        The Java SE Advanced Enterprise installers are not affected.

        Download Information

        Download link:  Java SE 8u73

        Java SE 8u74, which is a "patch-set" update, including all of 8u73 plus additional features can be found here.  Select the appropriate version for your operating system.

        Verify your version:

        • UNcheck any pre-checked toolbar and/or software options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.
        • Starting with Java SE 7 Update 21 in April 2013, all Java Applets and Web Start Applications should be signed with a trusted certificate.  It is not recommended to run untrusted/unsigned Certificates.  See How to protect your computer against dangerous Java Applets

        Critical Patch Updates

        The next scheduled dates of Oracle Java SE Critical Patch Updates are as follows:
        • 19 April 2016
        • 19 July 2016
        • 18 October 2016
        • 17 January 2017


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