Critcal security update for Flash Player

Sicherheit[German]Adobe has released a critical security update for Flash Player that closes the CVE-2018-15982 vulnerability. An exploit has already been released for this critical vulnerability.


Adobe Security Bulletin APSB18-42

Security Bulletin APSB18-42 (interestingly, the previous special update has APSB18-44) from Adobe states the priority of the update as 1 (addresses vulnerabilities that are currently being exploited). This update fixes a critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player up to version Successful exploitation may result in the execution of foreign code. The following Flash versions are affected.

Product Version Platform
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime and earlier versions Windows, macOS, Linux
Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome and earlier versions Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS
Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 and earlier versions Windows 10 and 8.1

Adobe Flash Player is available for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Chrome OS platforms (download links can be found on this Adobe page). For Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Microsoft should provide the new Flash Player via Windows Update. Google Chrome should be updated automatically.

Microsoft Flash-Update KB4471331

Addendum: Microsoft released the update KB4471331 (Flash Player Update) for Windows Server 2019, all versions of Windows 10, Windows Server Version 1803, Windows Server 2016 Version 1709, Windows RT/RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016, and Server 2012 R2/Windows Server 2012 as of 5.122018. The update can be found in the Microsoft Update Catalog here. At the same time a Security Advice ADV180031 was released, which refers to this update and links the KB articles for the individual Windows versions that are supported.  

Check Google Chrome for updates

The Chrome Browser should install the update automatically. You can also manually check for updates by typing chrome://components into the address bar.

Flash-Version in Google Chrome


Which Flash Player version do I have?

The installed Flash version can be checked on this page. There you can see if the Flash Player is supported in your browser (in Chrome Flash is deactivated by default).

Flash Player

If you are upgrading Flash Player from this Adobe website, please note that the optional offerings (McAfee Security Scan Plus and True Key from Intel) will not be installed along with the update.

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