[German]May 8, 2018 is patchday and Adobe has released a security update for its Flash player. This update updates the Flash Player to version 188.8.131.52.
Adobe Security Bulletin APSB18-16 indicates a priority 2 of the security update (critical). A Vulnerability (Type Confusion, CVE-2018-4944) allow the execution of arbitrary (malicious) code via Flash content. The release notes mentions only important bug fixes. The following Flash versions are affected:
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||184.108.40.206 and earlier versions||Windows, Macintosh|
|Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome||220.127.116.11 and earlier versions||Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS|
|Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11||18.104.22.168 and earlier versions||Windows 10 and 8.1|
|Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime||22.214.171.124 and earlier versions||Linux|
Adobe Flash Player 126.96.36.199 is available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS platforms. If you have activated the auto-update function of the Flash Player and installed the player separately, you should receive this update automatically.
Check for Updates in Google Chrome and Slimjet
The Chrome Browser should automatically pull the update. You can also manually check for updates by typing chrome://components into the address bar.
Then you will find the entries show in the screenshot above. There is also a button to search for Flash updates. Currently Version 188.8.131.52 is reported here for Google Chrome.
Which Flash Player version do I have installed?
The installed Flash version can be queried on this Adobe web site. There you can see if the Flash-Player is supported in the browser, which version is used and which version is available for the update at Adobe.
If you update the Flash Player via the above Adobe page, make sure that the PUPs offered (McAfee Security Scan Plus and True Key from Intel) are not installed with the software.
Direct Flash Player downloads from Adobe
Visit this Adobe page and check in the upper right corner the entry Last Published to make sure, the latest update has been released. Then scroll down to section ‘Still having problems?’ – there are direct download links for Flash player.