Thursday, June 16, 2016

Adobe Flash Player and AIR Critical Security Update

Adobe Flashplayer

Adobe has released Version of Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh and Version for Linux.  The Extended Support Release for Windows and Macintosh was updated to Version  Adobe AIR has been updated to Version

The updates are to address critical vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  In particular, an exploit for CVE-2016-4171 exists in the wild, and is being used in limited, targeted attacks.

Flash Player:

Release date: June 16, 2016
Vulnerability identifier: APSB16-18
CVE number: CVE-2016-4122, CVE-2016-4123, CVE-2016-4124, CVE-2016-4125, CVE-2016-4127, CVE-2016-4128, CVE-2016-4129, CVE-2016-4130, CVE-2016-4131, CVE-2016-4132, CVE-2016-4133, CVE-2016-4134, CVE-2016-4135, CVE-2016-4136, CVE-2016-4137, CVE-2016-4138, CVE-2016-4139, CVE-2016-4140, CVE-2016-4141, CVE-2016-4142, CVE-2016-4143, CVE-2016-4144, CVE-2016-4145, CVE-2016-4146, CVE-2016-4147, CVE-2016-4148, CVE-2016-4149, CVE-2016-4150, CVE-2016-4151, CVE-2016-4152, CVE-2016-4153, CVE-2016-4154, CVE-2016-4155, CVE-2016-4156, CVE-2016-4166, CVE-2016-4171-4171
Platform: Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS

Adobe AIR:

Release date: June 16, 2016
Vulnerability identifier: APSB16-23
CVE number: CVE-2027
Platform: Windows

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. 

The security update has been released for IE and Edge for Windows Server 2012,  Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and  Windows 10 Version 1511:   Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-083 - Critical.
    • 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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