Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Critical Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR Update

Adobe Flash Player was updated today 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.
With today's Windows Update, Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT is being updated to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop. Additional information is available in the IE Blog post, Flash in Windows 8.

Update Information

The newest versions are as follows:
Windows and Macintosh:  11.6.602.180
Android 4x:
Android 3x and lower:
Adobe AIR

Release date: March 12, 2013
Vulnerability identifier: APSB13-09

CVE number: CVE-2013-0646, CVE-2013-0650, CVE-2013-1371, CVE-2013-1375
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.

  • 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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Peter Griffioen said...

This post confused me. I now have 2 machines with Windows 7 and IE 10. I finally decided to install the update for IE 7/8/9 and it all seems to work. The Adobe website was no use to me.

Corrine said...

Hi, Peter.

It took me a bit to catch on. Flash Player is incorporated in Windows 8 with IE 10 so the update is handled via Windows Update for that system.

For IE 10 on Windows 7, it is the same procedure as it was for IE 9.

I've updated the post. Please let me know if that removes the confusion.

Peter Griffioen said...

Corrine, looks fine now. Thanks from the land of OZ.