Adobe Flash Player Updates to Version 31.0.0.148 to Addresses a Significant Vulnerability

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recent update released by Adobe for Flash Player on November 2018, changed it’s version to 31.0.0.148. This update is focused on fixing existing security gaps faced in the earlier versions.

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The Adobe Security Bulletin APSB18-39 has given the priority of the update as 2, which indicated that this update is meant to address some serious vulnerabilities which have a higher risk of exploitation.  A major vulnerability was found in Adobe Flash Player 31.0.0.0.0.122, and this most recent update offers a patch for it.  A successful hack via the exploit could result in what Adobe calls ‘information disclosure’.  not great news.

The following versions are affected:

Product Version Platform
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 31.0.0.122 and earlier versions Windows, macOS and Linux
Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 31.0.0.122 and earlier versions Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS
Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 31.0.0.122 and earlier versions Windows 10 and 8.1

The updated Adobe Flash Player  is given for Chrome OS, Macintosh, Windows and Linux platforms (download links can be found here). For Windows 10 and Windows 8.1, Microsoft provides the latest Flash player through Windows Update.

The following priority ratings have been used to categorize the updates. Adobe recommends that the users update their installation to the latest version:

Product Version Platform Priority Availability
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 31.0.0.148 Windows, macOS 2 Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player Distribution

Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 31.0.0.148 Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS 2 Google Chrome Releases
Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 31.0.0.148 Windows 10 and 8.1 2 Microsoft Security Advisory
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 31.0.0.148 Linux 3 Flash Player Download Center

Updates on Google Chrome

The Chrome browser would automatically pull this update. The updates can manually be checked by typing chrome: // components in address bar.

Checking/Verifying flash player version

The flash player version that is installed can be checked from here. From there it can be checked whether the flash player is supported in the browser (in Chrome, Flash is disabled by default). The version can also be manually checked by clicking on the content that is running on flash player and selecting ‘About Adobe (or Macromedia) Flash Player’ from the menu. If multiple browsers are being used, this check needs to be performed for each browser which has been installed in the system.

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