Security updates available for Adobe Flash Player

Release date: January 22, 2015

Vulnerability identifier: APSB15-02

Priority: See table below

CVE number: CVE-2015-0310

Platform: All Platforms

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.  These updates address a vulnerability that could be used to circumvent memory randomization mitigations on the Windows platform.  

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2015-0310 exists in the wild, which is being used in attacks against older versions of Flash Player.  Additionally, we are investigating reports that a separate exploit for Flash Player 16.0.0.287 and earlier also exists in the wild.  For the latest information, please refer to the PSIRT blog here

Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287.
  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.262.
  • Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.438.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x, will automatically update to version 16.0.0.287.

Affected software versions

  • Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.257 and earlier versions
  • Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.260 and earlier 13.x versions
  • Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.429 and earlier versions for Linux

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, perform the check for each browser you have installed on your system.

 

Solution

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

  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287 by visiting the Adobe Flash Player Download Center, or via the update mechanism within the product when prompted. 

  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to version 13.0.0.262 by visiting http://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/archived-flash-player-versions.html

  • Adobe recommends users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.438 by visiting the Adobe Flash Player Download Center

  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome will be automatically updated to the latest Google Chrome version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287. 

  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Internet Explorer for Windows 8.x will be automatically updated to the latest version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287.

Priority and severity ratings

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

Product Affected versions Platform Priority rating
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 16.0.0.257 and earlier
Windows and Macintosh
2
Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release 13.0.0.260 and earlier Windows and Macintosh
2
Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome  16.0.0.257 and earlier Windows, Macintosh and Linux
2
Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 16.0.0.257 and earlier Windows 8.0 and 8.1 2
Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.429 and earlier Linux 3

These updates address an important vulnerability in the software.

Details

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.  These updates address a vulnerability that could be used to circumvent memory randomization mitigations on the Windows platform.  

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2015-0310 exists in the wild, which is being used in attacks against older versions of Flash Player.  Additionally, we are investigating reports that a separate exploit for Flash Player 16.0.0.287 and earlier also exists in the wild.  For the latest information, please refer to the PSIRT blog here

Adobe recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions:

  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player desktop runtime for Windows and Macintosh should update to Adobe Flash Player 16.0.0.287.

  • Users of the Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release should update to Adobe Flash Player 13.0.0.262.

  • Users of Adobe Flash Player for Linux should update to Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.438.

  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Google Chrome, as well as Internet Explorer on Windows 8.x, will automatically update to version 16.0.0.287.

These updates resolve a memory leak that could be used to circumvent memory address randomization on the Windows platform (CVE-2015-0310). 

Affected Software   Recommended Player Update Availability
Flash Player Desktop Runtime
  16.0.0.287

Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player Distribution

Flash Player Extended Support Release   13.0.0.262 Extended Support
Flash Player for Linux   11.2.202.438 Flash Player Download Center
Flash Player for Google Chrome  

16.0.0.287 (Windows, Macintosh and ChromeOS)

16.0.0.291 (Linux)

Google Chrome Releases
Flash Player for Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11   16.0.0.287
Microsoft Security Advisory

Acknowledgments

Adobe would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for reporting the relevant issues and for working with Adobe to help protect our customers: