Adobe fixes eighteen vulnerabilities in Flash Player

Fifteen of them are critical and can result in remote code execution

Adobe Systems released critical security updates Tuesday for Flash Player to address 18 vulnerabilities, many of which can be remotely exploited to compromise underlying systems.

Fifteen of the patched vulnerabilities can result in arbitrary code execution, one can be exploited to disclose session tokens and two allow attackers to escalate their privileges from the low to medium integrity level, Adobe said in a security advisory.

The company advises Windows and Mac users to update to the newly released Flash Player version 15.0.0.223. Linux users should update to Flash Player 11.2.202.418.

The Flash Player Extended Support Release, which is based on Flash Player 13 was also updated to version 13.0.0.252.

The Flash Player plug-ins bundled with Google Chrome and Internet Explorer on Windows 8 and 8.1 will be upgraded automatically through those browsers' update mechanisms.

Adobe also released new versions of Adobe AIR, the company's runtime and software development kit (SDK) for rich Internet applications, because it bundles Flash Player. Users of the AIR desktop and Android runtime, as well as users of AIR SDK and AIR SDK & Compiler should update to version 15.0.0.356.

Many of the vulnerabilities patched in these new Flash Player releases were found and reported by researchers from Google, Microsoft, McAfee and Trend Micro.

Adobe said via email that it is not aware of exploits for these vulnerabilities being used in the wild. However, as demonstrated last month, cybercriminals don't waste a lot of time before they start to attack newly patched Flash Player flaws.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags patchesmcafeeGoogleAdobe SystemsMicrosofttrend microsecurityDesktop securitypatch managementExploits / vulnerabilities

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Lucian Constantin

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?