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Security update available for Adobe Flash Player

Release date: May 4, 2012

Vulnerability identifier: APSB12-09

Priority: See table below

CVE number: CVE-2012-0779

Platform: All Platforms

Summary

Adobe released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.
There are reports that the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email message. The exploit targets Flash Player on Internet Explorer for Windows only.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.235. Flash Player installed with Google Chrome was updated automatically, so no user action is required. Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions on Android 4.x devices should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.8. Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and earlier versions should update to Flash Player 11.1.111.9.

Affected software versions

  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x

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 and did not choose to receive updates silently (Windows users only at this time), perform the check for each browser you have installed on your system.

To verify the version of Adobe Flash Player for Android, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Adobe Flash Player x.x.

Solution

Adobe recommends users update their software installations by following the instructions below:

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux update to the newest version 11.2.202.235 by downloading it from the Adobe Flash Player Download Center. Windows users of Flash Player 11.2.x who have selected the silent update option will receive the update automatically. Windows users who do not have the silent update option enabled and users of Adobe Flash Player 10.3.x or later for Macintosh can install the update via the update mechanism within the product when prompted. Flash Player installed with Google Chrome was updated automatically, so no user action is required.

For users who cannot update to Flash Player 11.2.202.235, Adobe has developed a patched version of Flash Player 10.x, Flash Player 10.3.183.19, which can be downloaded here.

Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions on Android 4.x devices should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.8 by browsing to Google play on an Android device. Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and earlier versions should update to Flash Player 11.1.111.9 by browsing to Google play on an Android device.

Priority and Severity ratings

Adobe categorizes these updates with the following priority ratings and recommends users update their installations to the newest versions:

Product
Updated Version
Platform
Priority Rating
Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.235 Windows
1
  11.2.202.235 Macintosh and Linux
2
  11.1.115.8 Android 4.x
2
  11.1.111.9 Android 3.x and 2.x
2


These updates address a critical vulnerability in the software.

Details

Adobe released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions for Android 4.x, and Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and 2.x. These updates address an object confusion vulnerability (CVE-2012-0779) that could cause the application to crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system. There are reports that the vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in active targeted attacks designed to trick the user into clicking on a malicious file delivered in an email message. The exploit targets Flash Player on Internet Explorer for Windows only.

Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.235. Flash Player installed with Google Chrome was updated automatically, so no user action is required. Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier versions on Android 4.x devices should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.1.115.8. Users of Adobe Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier versions for Android 3.x and earlier versions should update to Flash Player 11.1.111.9.

Affected software

Recommended player update

Availability

Flash Player 11.2.202.233 and earlier

11.2.202.235

Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player 11.1.102.63 and earlier -
network distribution

11.2.202.235

Flash Player Licensing

Flash Player 11.1.115.7 and earlier
for Android 4.x

11.1.115.8

Google play
(browse to on an Android device)

Flash Player 11.1.111.8 and earlier
for Android 3.x and 2.x

11.1.111.9

Google play
(browse to on an Android device)

 

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank Microsoft Vulnerability Research (MSVR) for reporting this issue and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers.