Adobe has once again released new versions of its Flash Player for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and Linux systems. According to Adobe’s Security Bulletin [APSB13-05], the updates address 17 identified security vulnerabilities in the software (the Security Bulletin gives the CVE identifiers for these). An attacker exploiting any of these vulnerabilities could cause a crash, and potentially take control of the target system,
According to Adobe, the following versions of the software are affected:
- Adobe Flash Player 11.5.502.149 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
- Adobe Flash Player 184.108.40.2062 and earlier versions for Linux
- Adobe Flash Player 220.127.116.11 and earlier versions for Android 4.x
- Adobe Flash Player 18.104.22.168 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x
- Adobe AIR 22.214.171.1240 and earlier versions
- Adobe AIR 126.96.36.1990 SDK and earlier versions
For Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows systems, you can check the version of Flash Player that you are using by visiting Adobe’s About Flash Player page.
The new versions are 11.6.602.168 for Windows systems, 11.6.602.167 for Mac systems, and 188.8.131.520 for Linux systems. (Adobe is no longer providing new Linux versions of Flash Player, but it is still releasing security updates.) The new version number for the Flash Player bundled with Google’s Chrome browser is 11.6.602.167. Please see the Security Bulletin for information on Android versions.
Flash Player has always been an attractive target for the Bad Guys, because it is so widely installed across platforms. Although I have not seen any reports of exploits “in the wild”, I do recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.
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(s) you may use.