Adobe Flash Player is a client runtime program offering powerful user experiences for different operating systems and browser as well as for various mobile phones and other devices. It offers high performance and is a lightweight program. It is installed more than 850 million times on mobile devices and desktops. It allows individuals as well as organizations to build and offer the best digital experiences to end-users.
Adobe Systems recently released the 188.8.131.52 version for Windows and for the Mac, offering a slew of security fixes, addressing several vulnerabilities of the software program. A total of twelve flaws related to security have been addressed by the new update, including vulnerabilities related to memory leakage and other flaws leading to execution of the codes. The recent update was released on December 2014. It offers critical fixes related to security issues. Users who have enrolled with the Allow Adobe to Install Updates (Recommended) will receive updates automatically, whereas those who have opted for ‘Notify me’ to Install Updates, will receive the update notification within 7 days. As for Windows users, they have to restart the system or they can log out in order to receive the dialog showing the update notification.
The new update affects several software versions, such as the Flash Player 184.108.40.206 as well as earlier versions, Flash Player 220.127.116.11 with earlier versions of 13.x, Flash Player 18.104.22.1680. It also affects the earlier versions of Linus and AIR desktop version 22.214.171.124; Adobe AIR SDK, 126.96.36.199 along with earlier versions, Adobe AIR SDK and Compiler, 188.8.131.52 along with earlier versions, including Adobe AIR 184.108.40.206 with earlier Android versions.
What the Updates Resolves
According to the APSB 14 21, the security bulletin the vulnerabilities that are patched by this update are:
1. Vulnerabilities related to memory leakage, which can be used for bypassing randomization of memory address.
2. The updates also offer a solution for vulnerability related to security bypass.
3. The updates offer solutions for vulnerabilities related to use after free, which might lead to execution of codes.
4. The updates also offer solutions for memory corruption leading to execution of code.
5. They offer solutions for vulnerabilities leading to a bypass of the same origin policies.
6. The updates also offers solutions related to the vulnerabilities of heap buffer overflows, leading to code execution.
Issues that are fixed
The update ensures that Mac Chrome users no longer need users to reset the license files, while viewing a video that is content protected. Some stability issues related to the touch input have also been resolved. The longevity issue connected with DirectTV live streams using Web VTT captions has also been resolved.
Importance of Updating
If you are using Flash Player 220.127.116.11 or any other earlier version for the Mac, you should update to the new Flash Player 18.104.22.168, ASAP. In case you are using the Flash Player 22.214.171.1240, or any previous version of Linus, you should update to the Flash Player versions 126.96.36.1996. If you have an Adobe Flash Player, 188.8.131.52 that has been installed along with Google Chrome, it gets updated automatically to the latest Adobe Flash versions. If you are a user of Adobe AIR, 184.108.40.206 or users of previous versions for the Mac and Windows systems must also update to the latest Adobe AIR 220.127.116.11. As for users of the Adobe AIR, 18.104.22.168 or any other previous version for Android software, they must update to Adobe AIR, 22.214.171.124.
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