Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Another Critical Adobe Update, Includes Flash Player, AIR and Shockwave

Although a critical security update was released for Adobe Flash Player just last week, yet another critical security update has been released today.

The updates released are for Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR and Adobe Shockwave Player. Details and update instructions are included below.

Adobe Flash Player was again updated to address critical security vulnerabilities.  These updates address vulnerabilities that could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Update Information

The newest versions are as follows:

Product Updated version Platform Priority rating
Adobe Flash Player 11.6.602.168 Windows 1

11.6.602.167 Macintosh 2 Linux 3 Android 4.x 3 Android 3.x and 2.x 3
Adobe AIR Windows, Macintosh and Android 3
Adobe AIR SDK Windows, Macintosh and Android 3

Release date: February 12, 2013
Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-05
Priority: Critical
CVE number: CVE-2013-1372, CVE-2013-0645, CVE-2013-1373, CVE-2013-1369, CVE-2013-1370, CVE-2013-1366, CVE-2013-0649, CVE-2013-1365, CVE-2013-1374, CVE-2013-1368, CVE-2013-0642, CVE-2013-0644, CVE-2013-0647, CVE-2013-1367, CVE-2013-0639, CVE-2013-0638, CVE-2013-0637
Platform: All Platforms

Flash Player Update Instructions

Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux

Although Adobe suggests downloading the update from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center or by using the auto-update mechanism within the product when prompted, if you prefer, direct download links are available.

  • For Adobe AIR see Determine version | Adobe AIR runtime
  • Beginning with Adobe Flash Version 11.3, the universal 32-bit installer will include the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the Flash Player.  
  • If you use the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, be careful to uncheck the optional McAfee Security Plus box.  It 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.
Adobe Flash Player for Android

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 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.

Shockwave Player
The update to Adobe Shockwave Player for both Windows and Macintosh systems addresses vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker, who successfully exploits these vulnerabilities, to run malicious code on the affected system.
Release date: February 12, 2013
Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-06
Priority: Critical
CVE number: CVE-2013-0635, CVE-2013-0636
Platform: Windows and Macintosh

Update Information

The newest version of Shockwave Player is available here:  http://get.adobe.com/shockwave/.

  • Please remember to uncheck any unwanted 3rd party toolbars or other programs during installation. 
  • For information on how to disable the auto-update setting in Shockwave Player, see http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/166/tn_16683.html.  (This must be set every time Shockwave Player is updated if you do not want auto-updating.)

Verify Installation

To test the Adobe Shockwave Player installation on your computer, go to the Test Authorware Web Player page.


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click-click said...

Update information for Shockwave Player is wrong. Should be

Corrine said...

Thank you. I was in a hurry to add Shockwave to the post and copy/pasted from an earlier article -- forgetting to change that line. Oops!