As usual for Patch Tuesday, many security updates were issued. I’m here to provide all the details for these critical updates. Not only did Windows get patched, but Adobe Flash and Shockwave Players did too.
Microsoft released a span of nine patch bundles, plugging security holes in Windows and other products. Separately, Adobe did its usual thing, and took part in Patch Tuesday as well for updates to Adobe Flash and Shockwave Players.
A cumulative update was made to Internet Explorer, which fixed two critical vulnerabilities present in almost all versions of Internet Explorer (in history). It should be noted that this includes IE 9 and 10.
Either you will receive Automatic Updates, if you’ve set Windows up to do so. Otherwise, go to Start, search Windows Update. Or for Windows 8, search for Windows Update on the Start screen.
Other than that, Adobe brings an update to Adobe Flash Player for Windows and Mac to v. 11.7.700.169. Linux should be updated to 22.214.171.1240. Android 4.x+: 126.96.36.199 and 2.x-3.x: 188.8.131.52.
Keep in mind that Google Chrome and Internet Explorer 10 (Windows 8) automatically update Flash Player on their own.
Shockwave Player should be updated as well to v. 184.108.40.206! For these updates, go to www.Adobe.com
You should be able to update to Adobe AIR, which will help secure your computer even further from vulnerability. If you have Adobe AIR installed, which is required for quite a few programs that are built on its architecture (such as Tweetdeck, Pandora Internet Radio, games, etc.). AIR should automatically prompt to update.
Election Day brings Adobe’s critical updates for Flash and AIR, so update today to fix seven (7) vulnerabilities.
Updates are currently available as follows:
- Windows & Mac – 11.5.502.110
- Linux – 220.127.116.11
- Android 4.* – 18.104.22.168
- Android 3.* & 2.* – 22.214.171.124
- Google Chrome automatically updates the Flash version built in.
- Windows, Mac, SDK for iOS and Android – 126.96.36.1990
Be sure to download the Flash updates for both Internet Explorer, and then for Firefox/Safari/Opera/Other browsers.
Also, note Windows Update will help install the updates in Windows 8/IE 10, reference here
New releases of update from Adobe come a week after their recent release, which was critical. Having subsequent updates for critical flaws begs the question of whether or not Flash Player is safe. Looks as if AIR was affected, as well. This patching closes six vulnerabilities, helping to safeguard against hackers.
These platforms are affected, and now have a patch available for download:
- Windows (New update: 11.4.402.265)
- Mac (New update: 11.4.402.265)
- Linux (New Update)
- Android (New Update)
The customized Google Chrome version (Pepper) should be automatically update to version 188.8.131.52 for PC and 11.4.402.265 for Mac.
For Windows and Mac users, bear in mind the new Adobe AIR 184.108.40.2060, which you should include with your updates for Flash Player.
For this week’s update, it fixes the following, according to Adobe:
- These updates resolve memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-4163, CVE-2012-4164, CVE-2012-4165, CVE-2012-4166).
- These updates resolve an integer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2012-4167).
- These updates resolve a cross-domain information leak vulnerability (CVE-2012-4168).