I have to admit that I’m glad that I’m no longer running Adobe Flash on my main system as a standalone plugin. It is still installed as part of Google Chrome, and Internet Explorer 10 n my second desktop PC. Adobe today has released a new Flash update bringing the version of the standalone plugin to Flash Player 11.4.402.287.
The new version fixes several security vulnerabilities identified in Flash Player versions prior to the new version for all supported operating systems. This includes the desktop operating systems Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, but also flash on Android. The vulnerabilities can potentially be exploited to cause a crash to take control of the vulnerable system afterwards.
Google Chrome installations are automatically updated to the latest version of Adobe Flash Player. It should be the same for Internet Explorer 10, but that is apparently not the case right now. Microsoft has updated the security advisory page for Internet Explorer 10′s Flash update in September to reflect that new update as well.
On October 8, 2012, Microsoft released an update to address vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 (KB2758994).
The update for the Flash Player integrated in Internet Explorer 10 can be downloaded from this Knowledge Base article or by checking for updates in Windows Update directly on the Windows 8 system. Please note that the update is listed as important here, which may mean that it won’t be installed automatically on the system.
To check for the update press the Windows key to get to the startpage interface. Enter Windows Update here, click on Settings to display the settings results and there on the Windows Update link. Use the menu to check for updates and make sure you click on the link that is displayed to display important updates if the Flash update does not get installed automatically. A restart is required to complete the process.
You can download the latest version of the Flash Player plugin for Internet Explorer 9 and earlier, or other web browsers such as Firefox or Opera, from the Adobe Download Center.
It is alternatively possible to download offline installers of both plugins:
- Crashes when navigating to/from Flash content in Internet Explorer(3328165)
- Unable to package an application using an ANE on iOS, which doesn’t not implement the finalizer function. (3325320)
- Packaging fails with null pointer exception, when packaging an IPA using only the default implementation in the ANE on iOS. (3325321)
- Database data is wiped out for every launch on iOS Simulator. (3329309)
- WIFi Debugging on iOS ebugging on iOS does not work when network interface is chosen as “Default” for Player Target AIR3.4 (3325323)
Especially Internet Explorer users will be happy to hear that a common crash issue has been fixed.
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