A recent update released by Adobe for Flash Player on November 2018, changed it’s version to 220.127.116.11. 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 18.104.22.168.0.122, 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:
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||22.214.171.124 and earlier versions||Windows, macOS and Linux|
|Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome||126.96.36.199 and earlier versions||Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS|
|Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11||188.8.131.52 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:
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||184.108.40.206||Windows, macOS||2||Flash Player Download Center
|Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome||220.127.116.11||Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS||2||Google Chrome Releases|
|Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11||18.104.22.168||Windows 10 and 8.1||2||Microsoft Security Advisory|
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||22.214.171.124||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.