Adobe has released new versions of its Flash media player for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android. It has also released a new version of its AIR software for Windows, Mac OS X, and Android. According to Adobe’s Security Bulletin, the new versions address seven serious security vulnerabilities. Adobe says that the following versions of its software are affected:
- Adobe Flash Player 188.8.131.52 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
- Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.206 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.11 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x
- Adobe AIR 18.104.22.1680 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Android
The new version for Windows and Mac OS X is 11.3.300.257; for Linux, it is 22.214.171.124. Information on the new version numbers for Android, and for Adobe AIR, are given in the Security Bulletin.
Because the Flash player is so widely installed across platforms, it is a tempting target for the Bad Gus, and I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can. Users of Google Chrome on all platforms should receive the update automatically. Windows and Mac users should be able to get the update via the built-in update mechanism; they, as well as Linux users, can get the new version from the Flash Player Download Center. (Windows users should remember that they may need two updates: one for Internet Explorer, and one for any other browsers.) Android users can get the new version by browsing to Google Play on their Android device. The new version of AIR is available from the AIR Download Center.
You can check the version of Flash that your browser is using by browsing to this page; it will also show the most current version for each platform.