Yet Another Flash Update

August 21, 2012

Adobe today released new versions of its Flash Player to address security vulnerabilities, for all platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android.  There are six identified security problems fixed in this release.  According to Adobe’s Security Bulletin [APSB12-19], the software versions affected by the security flaws are:

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.3.300.271 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
  • Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android 4.x
  • Adobe Flash Player and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x

The new version number for Windows and Mac OS X is 11.4.402.265; for Linux, it is  (The Linux version appears to be the same one mentioned in the most recent Flash Player update.)  Google released a new version of the Chrome browser today that updates the embedded Flash Player (it also contains other fixes). Information on the new Android versions is given in the Security Bulletin.

Windows users who have the silent update option enabled should receive the new version automatically.  Windows or Mac OS X users can get the update using the update mechanism built into the software.  Alternatively, the new version for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X is available from Adobe’s download page.  Windows users should remember that they may need two updates: one for Internet Explorer, and one for any other browser that they have installed.

I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.

Google Releases New Chrome Version

August 21, 2012

Google today released new versions of its Chrome browser for all platforms.  The new versions are 21.0.1180.81 for Linux, 21.0.1180.83 for Windows and Chrome Frame, and 21.0.1180.82 for Mac.  (The beta channel version for Mac is also updated to 21.0.1180.82.) This release fixes a number of bugs; it also includes an updated version of the embedded Flash Player.  (This updated Flash Player version incorporates the same security fixes as Adobe’s release today.)  Further details are in the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of the Flash Player update, I recommend that you update your systems promptly.  Windows and Mac users should get the new version via the built-in update mechanism. Linux users should get the updated package from their distributions’ repositories, using their standard package maintenance tools.

You can check the version of Chrome that you have by clicking on the tool menu icon (the little wrench), and then selecting “About Google Chrome”.

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