"Could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

If you are a Windows, OS X, or Linux user it is critical that you update to Flash Player version 16.0.0.257 and Adobe Flash Player (Extended Support Release) to version 13.0.0.260. You need to pay attention to this update. 

Adobe issued several patches today but four of them are the highest rating. Why should you care? If you ignore installing the patch it "could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system."

Adobe released this security bulletin today (1/13/15):

"Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player

Release date: January 13, 2015

Vulnerability identifier: APSB15-01

Priority: See table below

CVE number: CVE-2015-0301, CVE-2015-0302, CVE-2015-0303, CVE-2015-0304, CVE-2015-0305, CVE-2015-0306, CVE-2015-0307, CVE-2015-0308, CVE-2015-0309

Platform: All Platforms

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257.
  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.260.
  • Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.429.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x, will automatically update to version 16.0.0.257.
  • Users of the Adobe AIR desktop runtime should update to version 16.0.0.245.
  • Users of the Adobe AIR SDK and AIR SDK and Compiler should update to version 16.0.0.272.
  • Users of Adobe AIR for Android should update to version 16.0.0.272.
Affected software versions

  • Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.235 and earlier versions
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.259 and earlier 13.x versions
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.425 and earlier versions for Linux
  • Adobe AIR desktop runtime 15.0.0.356 and earlier versions
  • Adobe AIR SDK 15.0.0.356 and earlier versions
  • Adobe AIR SDK and Compiler 15.0.0.356 and earlier versions
  • Adobe AIR for Android 15.0.0.356 and earlier versions
To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player installed on your system, access the About Flash Player page, or right-click on content running in Flash Player and select "About Adobe (or Macromedia) Flash Player" from the menu. If you use multiple browsers, perform the check for each browser you have installed on your system.

To verify the version of Adobe AIR installed on your system, follow the instructions in the Adobe AIR TechNote.

Solution

Adobe recommends users update their software installations by following the instructions below: 
  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257 by visiting the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, or via the update mechanism within the product when prompted. 
  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to version 13.0.0.260 by visiting http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html
  • Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.429 by visiting the Adobe Flash Player Download Center
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome will be automatically updated to the latest Google Chrome version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257. 
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Internet Explorer for Windows 8.x will be automatically updated to the latest version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257. 
  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe AIR desktop runtime should update to version 16.0.0.245 by visiting the Adobe AIR Download Center. 
  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe AIR SDK should update to version 16.0.0.272 by visiting the Adobe AIR Download Center. 
  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe AIR SDK & Compiler should update to version 16.0.0.272 by visiting the Adobe AIR Download Center. 
  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe AIR for Android should update to Adobe AIR 16.0.0.272 by downloading the latest version from the Google Play store.
Priority and severity ratings

Adobe categorizes these updates with the following priority ratings and recommends users update their installation to the newest version:
Details

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.  These updates address vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.  Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions: 

  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257. 
  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.260. 
  • Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.429. 
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x, will automatically update to version 16.0.0.257. 
  • Users of the Adobe AIR desktop runtime should update to version 16.0.0.245.  
  • Users of the Adobe AIR SDK and AIR SDK and Compiler should update to version 16.0.0.272. 
  • Users of Adobe AIR for Android should update to version 16.0.0.272.
These updates resolve an improper file validation issue (CVE-2015-0301).  

These updates resolve an information disclosure vulnerability that could be exploited to capture keystrokes on the affected system (CVE-2015-0302).  

These updates resolve memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-0303, CVE-2015-0306).  

These updates resolve heap-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-0304, CVE-2015-0309).  

These updates resolve a type confusion vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-0305). 

These updates resolve an out-of-bounds read vulnerability that could be exploited to leak memory addresses (CVE-2015-0307).  

These updates resolve a use-after-free vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-0308).

Affected Software

Recommended Player Update

Availability

Flash Player Desktop Runtime

16.0.0.257

Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player Distribution

Flash Player Extended Support Release

13.0.0.260

Extended Support

Flash Player for Linux

11.2.202.429

Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player for Google Chrome

16.0.0.257

Google Chrome Releases

Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11

16.0.0.257

Microsoft Security Advisory

AIR Desktop Runtime

16.0.0.245

AIR Download Center

AIR SDK

16.0.0.272

AIR SDK Download

AIR SDK and Compiler

16.0.0.272

AIR SDK Download

AIR for Android

16.0.0.272

Google Play

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for reporting the relevant issues and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers:

 


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