Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player, releasing version 188.8.131.52 as its final 2015 update of the year. Flash Player 184.108.40.206 addresses "critical vulnerabilities" that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system, according to Adobe's security bulletin (APSB15-32).
Seventy-nine vulnerabilities were patched in Adobe's final 2015 software update.
Following the update, chief technology officer at Qualys, Wolfgang Kandek, said:
"All but three of the vulnerabilitities could be used by an attacker to gain code execution running under the user in the browser. [...] Flash-based attacks have been a favorite for attackers this year with many exploit kids providing very up-to-date exploits — include this in your high priority items."
Adobe software affected by these updates include the following:
Details of the vulnerabilities addressed in this update are as follows:
- These updates resolve heap buffer overflow vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8438, CVE-2015-8446).
- These updates resolve memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8444, CVE-2015-8443, CVE-2015-8417, CVE-2015-8416, CVE-2015-8451, CVE-2015-8047, CVE-2015-8455, CVE-2015-8045, CVE-2015-8418, CVE-2015-8060, CVE-2015-8419, CVE-2015-8408).
- These updates resolve security bypass vulnerabilities (CVE-2015-8453, CVE-2015-8440, CVE-2015-8409).
- These updates resolve a stack overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8407, CVE-2015-8457).
- These updates resolve a type confusion vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8439, CVE-2015-8456).
- These updates resolve an integer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8445).
- These updates resolve a buffer overflow vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8415)
- These updates resolve use-after-free vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution (CVE-2015-8050, CVE-2015-8049, CVE-2015-8437, CVE-2015-8450, CVE-2015-8449, CVE-2015-8448, CVE-2015-8436, CVE-2015-8452, CVE-2015-8048, CVE-2015-8413, CVE-2015-8412, CVE-2015-8410, CVE-2015-8411, CVE-2015-8424, CVE-2015-8422, CVE-2015-8420, CVE-2015-8421, CVE-2015-8423, CVE-2015-8425, CVE-2015-8433, CVE-2015-8432, CVE-2015-8431, CVE-2015-8426, CVE-2015-8430, CVE-2015-8427, CVE-2015-8428, CVE-2015-8429, CVE-2015-8434, CVE-2015-8435, CVE-2015-8414, CVE-2015-8454, CVE-2015-8059, CVE-2015-8058, CVE-2015-8055, CVE-2015-8057, CVE-2015-8056, CVE-2015-8061, CVE-2015-8067, CVE-2015-8066, CVE-2015-8062, CVE-2015-8068, CVE-2015-8064, CVE-2015-8065, CVE-2015-8063, CVE-2015-8405, CVE-2015-8404, CVE-2015-8402, CVE-2015-8403, CVE-2015-8071, CVE-2015-8401, CVE-2015-8406, CVE-2015-8069, CVE-2015-8070, CVE-2015-8441, CVE-2015-8442, CVE-2015-8447).
Mac and Windows users running Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime should update to Flash Player 220.127.116.11 (16.2 MB) as soon as possible, and Linux users should update to Flash Player 18.104.22.1684. Google Chrome will automatically update to the latest version, which includes Adobe Flash Player 22.214.171.124 for Windows, Mac, Linux and Chrome OS. Users of the AIR desktop runtime should update to version 126.96.36.199 by visiting the AIR download center.