Adobe released version 22.214.171.1246 of their Flash Player on February 9, 2016 containing important bug fixes and security updates. The release date was the second Tuesday of the month, meaning it marked Patch Tuesday – the day when other big names in tech such as Oracle and Microsoft also roll out fixes to address the issues with their software products.
Who can get the update?
- Flash Player customers who have activated the “Allow Adobe to install updates (recommended)” update mechanism got updated to the latest version within 24 hours of its release
- Users who have chosen “Notify me to install updates” received a notification through an update notification dialog seven days after the release date
- Google Chrome users as well as Windows 8.x/10, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge users received their updates through their respective Google and Microsoft update mechanisms.
- In order to activate the update notification dialog, Windows users need to restart their system or log out.
- Users who want to download the latest version of Flash Player can always head to https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer.
What were the issues fixed for this update?
Below is a list of issues that were fixed in the latest Adobe Flash Player release:
- Safari Audio tab pausing video doesn’t update mute state 
- LifeChanger C++ Application quits with Access Violation error 
- Edge: Media page doesn’t disappear when video is paused 
What were the security enhancements made for this release?
The latest release of Adobe Flash Player addresses critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to take control of the affected system. The versions affected include:
- Adobe Flash Player Desktop Runtime version 126.96.36.1996 and earlier (Windows and Macintosh)
- Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release version 188.8.131.526 and earlier (Windows and Macintosh)
- Adobe Flash Player for Google Chrome version 184.108.40.2066 and earlier (Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS
- Adobe Flash Player for Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 version 220.127.116.112 and earlier (Windows 10)
- Adobe Flash Player for Internet Explorer 11 version 18.104.22.1682 and earlier (Windows 8.1)
- Adobe Flash Player for Linux version 22.214.171.1249 and earlier (Linux)
Here are the vulnerability details:
- The updates fixed a type confusion vulnerability that could lead to a code execution.
- The updates resolved use-after-free vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution.
- The updates resolved memory corruption vulnerabilities that could lead to code execution.
It is highly recommended that users update to the latest version when prompted or download the latest version themselves and install it. As shown here, the updates within version 126.96.36.1996 fix certain bugs and security vulnerabilities.
Users who have not enrolled with the update mechanism can simply head to the Adobe Flash Player Download Center to get the latest version. Users of the Google Chrome browser as well as those using Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer will see their current versions being automatically updated to the latest version.
In case you need assistance with installing Flash Player, you can visit the Flash Player Help page.
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