Security updates available for Flash Player | APSB18-42
Bulletin ID Date Published Priority
APSB18-42 December 05, 2018  1

Summary

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. These updates address one critical vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player and one important vulnerability in Adobe Flash Player installer. Successful exploitation could lead to Arbitrary Code Execution and privilege escalation in the context of the current user respectively. 

Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2018-15982 exists in the wild.

Affected Product Versions

Product Version Platform
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 31.0.0.153 and earlier versions Windows, macOS and Linux
Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 31.0.0.153 and earlier versions Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS 
Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 31.0.0.153 and earlier versions Windows 10 and 8.1
Adobe Flash Player Installer 31.0.0.108 and earlier Windows

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

Product Version Platform Priority Availability
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 32.0.0.101 Windows, macOS 1

Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player Distribution

Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome 32.0.0.101 Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS  1 Google Chrome Releases
Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 32.0.0.101 Windows 10 and 8.1 1 Microsoft Security Advisory
Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime 32.0.0.101 Linux 3 Flash Player Download Center
Adobe Flash Player Installer 31.0.0.122 Windows 2

Flash Player Download Center

Flash Player Distribution

Note:

  • Adobe recommends users of the Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime for Windows, macOS and Linux update to Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.101 via the update mechanism within the product [1] or 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 32.0.0.101 for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS.
  • Adobe Flash Player installed with Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 and 8.1 will be automatically updated to the latest version, which will include Adobe Flash Player 32.0.0.101.
  • Please visit the Flash Player Help page for assistance in installing Flash Player.

[1] Users who have selected the option to 'Allow Adobe to install updates' will receive the update automatically. Users who do not have the 'Allow Adobe to install updates' option enabled can install the update via the update mechanism within the product when prompted.

Vulnerability details

Vulnerability Category Vulnerability Impact Severity CVE Number
Use after free Arbitrary Code Execution Critical CVE-2018-15982 
Insecure Library Loading (DLL hijacking) Privilege Escalation Important CVE-2018-15983 

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:

  • Chenming Xu and Ed Miles of Gigamon ATR (CVE-2018-15982)
  • Yang Kang (@dnpushme) and Jinquan (@jq0904) of Qihoo 360 Core Security (@360CoreSec)  (CVE-2018-15982)
  • He Zhiqiu, Qu Yifan, Bai Haowen, Zeng Haitao and Gu Liang of 360 Threat Intelligence of 360 Enterprise Security Group (CVE-2018-15982)
  • b2ahex (CVE-2018-15982)
  • Souhardya Sardar of Central Model School Barrackpore (CVE-2018-15983)