Thursday, February 07, 2013

Critical Adobe Flash Player Security Update

Adobe Flash Player was updated to address critical security vulnerabilities.  These updates address vulnerabilities currently being exploited in the wild.
The vulnerability described by CVE-2013-0633 is designed to trick the user into opening a Microsoft Word document delivered as an email attachment which contains malicious Flash (SWF) content. The exploit targets the ActiveX version of Flash Player on Windows.

CVE-2013-0634 relates to a buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution.  Attacks are delivered via malicious Flash (SWF) content hosted on websites that target Flash Player in Firefox or Safari on the Macintosh platform.  Attacks are also designed to trick Windows users into opening a Microsoft Word document delivered as an email attachment which contains malicious Flash (SWF) content.

Update Information

The newest versions are as follows:
Windows and Macintosh:  11.5.502.149
Android 4.x:
Android 3.x and 2.x:

Release date: February 7, 2013
Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-04
CVE number: CVE-2013-0633, CVE-2013-0634
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.

  • Adobe AIR and earlier versions for Windows, Adobe AIR and earlier versions for Macintosh and Adobe AIR for Android.  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.


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