Adobe Fixes Flash Player

September 11, 2013

Adobe Systems has released a new version of its Flash Player for all platforms: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Android.  The new version fixes four serious security vulnerabilities identified in Adobe’s Security Bulletin [APSB13-21]; the affected versions of the Flash Player software are:

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.8.800.94 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.297 and earlier versions for Linux
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.69 and earlier versions for Android 4.x
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.64 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x
  • Adobe AIR 3.8.0.870 and earlier versions for Windows and Android
  • Adobe AIR 3.8.0.910 and earlier versions for Macintosh
  • Adobe AIR 3.8.0.870 SDK & Compiler and earlier versions for Windows
  • Adobe AIR 3.8.0.910 SDK & Compiler and earlier versions for Macintosh

Further details are given in the Security Bulletin.

Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X users can get the new release from Adobe’s download page.  For Windows and Mac OS X, the new version is 11.8.800.168; the new version for Linux is 11.2.202.310.  (Windows users should note that they may require two updates: one for Internet Explorer, and one for all other browsers.) Details of the new Android versions are given in the Security Bulletin.

The Flash Player bundled with Google’s Chrome browser should be updated automatically to version 11.8.800.170, according to a post on the “Chrome Releases” blog.

Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X  users can check the version of Flash Player installed on their systems by visiting Adobe’s About Flash Player page.


Google Updates Chrome to 29.0.1547.65

September 2, 2013

Google has released a new version, 29.0.1547.65, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.  The major change in this release is an updated version of the bundled (“Pepper” based) Flash Player plug-in.  More information on the changes is available via the Release Announcement.

Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.


Google Releases Chrome 29

August 21, 2013

Google has released a new major version, 29.0.1547.57, of its Chrome browser for all platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, and Chrome Frame.  The new version incorporates some additional features:

  • Your profile can be reset to its original state
  • Suggestions offered when you type into the “Omnibox” will weight your recent activity more heavily
  • There are several new APIs for applications and extensions

This release also includes fixes for 25 security vulnerabilities, including at least five rated by Google as High severity.

More information on the changes is available via the Release Announcement.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can.   Windows and Mac users can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism; Linux users should check their distribution’s repositories for the new version.  If you need to get a complete installation package, you can download it here.

 


Mozilla Updates Firefox, Thunderbird

August 12, 2013

Last week, the Mozilla organization released a new version, 23.0, of its Firefox browser, for all platforms (Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X).   The new version fixes 13 identified security vulnerabilities.  Mozilla rates four of these as being of Critical severity, and seven as High severity.

In addition, the new version introduces some new and changed capabilities.  It incorporates mixed content blocking, to protect against eavesdropping and “man-in-the-middle” attacks on secure pages.  It also incorporates a new Options panel for the Web Developer Toolbox.

This version also removes the JavaScript options from the Preferences page, and resets all values to the defaults.  (The controls under about:config  still work, but they are for experts.)  The rationale is that, because JavaScript is so widely used, turning it off breaks an unacceptable number of Web pages.  The suggested alternative, for those concerned about JavaScript-based exploits, is to use the NoScript extension, which allows more selective control.  Although my initial reaction to the Preferences change was negative, on reflection I think this approach, with NoScript, really is the better way to go.   I have been using NoScript myself for several years, and recommend it.

For further information on these changes, please see the Firefox Release Notes.  You can obtain the new version using the built-in update mechanism, or download a complete installation package.

Mozilla also released a new version, 17.0.8, of its Thunderbird E-mail client for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.  This is a security release, which fixes eight identified vulnerabilities; Mozilla rates two of these as Critical, and six as High severity.  For more information, see the Thunderbird Release Notes.

As with Firefox, you can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism, or download a complete installation package.

Because of the security content of these releases, I recommend that you upgrade your systems if you have not already done so.


Security Updates in Thunderbird 17.0.7

June 26, 2013

Mozilla has released a new version, 17.0.7, of its Thunderbird E-mail client, for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.  This release includes fixes for eight identified security vulnerabilities, four of which Mozilla rates as Critical. The Release Notes don’t really have much else to say.

Because of the security content of this release, I recommend that you update your systems as soon as you conveniently can. You can get the new version via the built-in update mechanism, or you can download a complete installation package here.


Mozilla Releases Firefox 22

June 25, 2013

Today the Mozilla organization released a new version, 22.0, of its Firefox browser for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.  The new version includes some new features:

  • HTML5 audio/video playback rate can now be changed
  • Social services management implemented in Add-ons Manager
  • The WebRTC communications API is now enabled by default
  • Additional optimizations for JavaScript

There are also several miscellaneous improvements, and fixes for 14 identified security vulnerabilities, four of which Mozilla categorizes as Critical.  Further information is available in the Release Notes.

Because of its security content, I recommend that you update your Firefox installations as soon as you conveniently can.  You can obtain the new version via the built-in update mechanism, or you can download a complete installation package, in your choice of language(s).

Update Tuesday, 25 June, 16:25 EDT

This blog post on the Mozilla Blog explains some of the new features in more detail.


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