Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.1246 and earlier versions for Linux.
These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2014-0502 exists in the wild.
With today's Windows Update, Internet Explorer 10 and 11 in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will be updated. Windows RT must obtain the update from Windows Update. Google Chrome will be automatically updated.
Adobe is also changing the numbering format for updates. Beginning with this release, Flash Player will become Flash Player 12. With each new major release, roughly every 3 months, that number will increase by one. With the Q2 2014 release, the version number for Adobe AIR will be synchronized with the Flash Player version at 13.
Update InformationThe newest versions are as follows*:
Windows and Macintosh: 126.96.36.199
Adobe AIR 188.8.131.528 SDK
Release date: February 20, 2014
Vulnerability identifier: APSB14-07
CVE number: CVE-2014-0498, CVE-2014-0499, CVE-2014-0502
Platform: All Platforms
Flash Player Update InstructionsWarning: 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.
It is recommended that you either use the auto-update mechanism within the product when prompted, or my preference, the direct download links.
- Non-IE (Opera, Firefox, Etc.): http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_12_plugin.exe
- Windows XP, Vista and 7:
Flash Player For Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10, 11: http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/licensing/win/install_flash_player_12_active_x.exe
Windows 8 and 8.1:
Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10 and 11: Microsoft updated Security Advisory 2755801. If you do not have Automatic Updates enabled, the Flash Player update can be downloaded from Microsoft Security Advisory: Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10: July 9, 2013.
- Flash Player Uninstaller: http://download.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/support/uninstall_flash_player.exe
- 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.
- *As requested by a Security Garden reader, the update information for the "Extended Release of Flash Player 11.7" can be found here.
The latest version for Adobe Flash Player for Android is available by downloading it from the Android Marketplace by browsing to it on a mobile phone.
Verify InstallationTo 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.
- Adobe Priority Ratings
- AIR Download Center
- PSIRT Blog Post
- Security Bulletin: APSB14-07
- Release Notes: Flash Player® 12 AIR® 4