Microsoft Security Advisory: Update for Vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10

INTRODUCTION

Microsoft has released a Microsoft security advisory about this issue for IT professionals. The security advisory contains additional security-related information. To view the security advisory, go to the following Microsoft website:

http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2755801

Resolution

The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:

Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 (KB2785605)

Download Download the Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x86.msu package now.

Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows 8 x64-based systems (KB2785605)

Download Download the /Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x64.msu package now.

Update for Internet Explorer Flash Player for Windows Server 2012 (KB2785605)

Download Download the Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x64.msu package now.

Release Date: December 11, 2012

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

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Update Information

Detection and deployment tools and guidance

Security Central

Manage the software and security updates that you have to deploy to the servers, desktop, and mobile systems in your organization. For more information, see the TechNet Update Management Center. The Microsoft TechNet Security website provides additional information about security in Microsoft products.

Security updates are available from Microsoft Update and Windows Update. Security updates are also available from the Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for "security update."

Finally, security updates can be downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The Microsoft Update Catalog provides a searchable catalog of content made available through Windows Update and Microsoft Update. This includes security updates, drivers and service packs. For more information about the Microsoft Update Catalog, see the Microsoft Update Catalog FAQ.

Detection and deployment guidance

Microsoft provides detection and deployment guidance for security updates. This guidance contains recommendations and information that can help IT professionals understand how to use various tools for detection and deployment of security updates. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 961747.

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer

Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) lets administrators scan local and remote systems for missing security updates and also common security misconfigurations. For more information, see Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.

The following table provides the MBSA detection summary for this security update.

Software

MBSA

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

No

Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems

No

Windows Server 2012

No

Note Customers who use legacy software that is not supported by the latest release of MBSA, Microsoft Update, and Windows Server Update Services, should see Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer and reference the "Legacy Product Support" section to find information about how to create comprehensive security update detection with legacy tools.

Windows Server Update Services

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enables information technology administrators to deploy the latest Microsoft product updates to computers that are running the Windows operating system. For more information about how to deploy security updates by using Windows Server Update Services, see the TechNet article, Windows Server Update Services.

Systems Management Server

The following table provides the SMS detection and deployment summary for this security update.

Software

SMS 2003 with ITMU

System Center Configuration Manager

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

No

Yes

Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems

No

Yes

Windows Server 2012

No

Yes

Note Microsoft discontinued support for SMS 2.0 on April 12, 2011. For SMS 2003, Microsoft also discontinued support for the Security Update Inventory Tool (SUIT) on April 12, 2011. Customers are encouraged to upgrade to System Center Configuration Manager. For customers remaining on SMS 2003 Service Pack 3, the Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) is also an option.

For SMS 2003, the SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates (ITMU) can be used by SMS to detect security updates that are offered by Microsoft Update and that are supported by Windows Server Update Services. For more information about the SMS 2003 ITMU, see SMS 2003 Inventory Tool for Microsoft Updates. For more information about SMS scanning tools, see SMS 2003 Software Update Scanning Tools. See also Downloads for Systems Management Server 2003.

System Center Configuration Manager uses WSUS 3.0 for detection of updates. For more information, see System Center.

For detailed information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 910723: Summary list of monthly detection and deployment guidance articles.

Update Compatibility Evaluator and Application Compatibility Toolkit

Updates frequently write to the same files and registry settings required for your applications to run. This can trigger incompatibilities and increase the time that is required to deploy security updates. You can streamline testing and validating Windows updates against installed applications by using the Update Compatibility Evaluator components that are included with Application Compatibility Toolkit.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and lessen application compatibility issues before you deploy Windows Vista, a Windows Update, a Microsoft Security Update, or a new version of Windows Internet Explorer in your environment.

Security Update Deployment

Windows 8 (all editions)

Reference table

The following table contains the security update information for this software. You can find additional information in the subsection, Deployment information, in this section.

Inclusion in future service packs

The update for this issue will be included in a future service pack or update rollup

Deployment

Installing without requiring user intervention

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 8:
Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x86.msu /quiet

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported 64-bit editions of Windows 8:
Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x64.msu /quiet

Installing without restarting

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 8:
Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x86.msu /quiet /norestart

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported x64-bit editions of Windows 8:
Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x64.msu /quiet /norestart

Additional information

See the "Detection and deployment tools and guidance" subsection.

Restart requirement

Restart required?

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, you receive a message that advises you to restart.
To help reduce the possibility that a restart will be required, stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before installing the security update. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 887012.

HotPatching

Not applicable.

Removal information

To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch. Or, click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.

Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

Deployment information

Installing the update

When you install this security update, the installer checks whether one or more of the files that are being updated on your system have previously been updated by a Microsoft hotfix.

For more information about the terminology that appears in this Knowledge Base Article, such as hotfix, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 824684.

This security update supports the following setup switches.

Supported security update installation switches

Switch

Description

/?, /h, /help

Displays help on supported switches.

/quiet

Suppresses the display of status or error messages.

/norestart

When it is combined with/quiet, the system is not restarted after installation even if a restart is required to complete installation.

/warnrestart:<seconds>

When it is combined with /quiet, the installer warns the user before it begins the restart.

/promptrestart

When it is combined with /quiet, the installer prompts before it begins restart.

/forcerestart

When it is combined with /quiet, the installer forcibly closes applications and begins the restart.

/log:<file name>

Enables logging to specified file.

/extract:<destination>

Extracts the package contents to the destination folder.

/uninstall /kb:<KB number>

Uninstalls the security update.

Note For more information about the Wusa.exe installer, see "Windows Update Stand-alone Installer" in the TechNet article, Miscellaneous Changes in Windows 7.

Verifying that the update was applied

Because there are several editions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your system. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

File version verification

  1. Click Start, and then type an update file name in the Search box.

  2. When the file appears under Programs, right-click the file name, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab, compare the file size with the file information tables that are provided in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

    Note Depending on the edition of the operating system or the programs that are installed on your system, some files that are listed in the file information table may not be installed.

  4. You can also click the Details tab and compare information, such as file version and date modified, with the file information tables provided in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

    Note Attributes other than the file version may change during installation. Comparing other file attributes to the information in the file information table is not a supported method of verifying that the update was applied. Also, in certain cases, files may be renamed during installation. If the file or version information is not present, use one of the other available methods to verify update installation.

  5. Finally, you can also click the Previous Versions tab and compare file information for the previous version of the file together with the file information for the new, or updated, version of the file.

Windows Server 2012 (all editions)

Reference table

The following table contains the security update information for this software. You can find additional information in the subsection, Deployment information, in this section.

Inclusion in future service packs

The update for this issue will be included in a future service pack or update rollup

Deployment

Installing without requiring user intervention

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported editions of Windows Server 2012:
Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x64.msu /quiet

Installing without restarting

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported editions of Windows Server 2008 R2:
Windows8-RT-KB2785605-x64.msu /quiet /norestart

Additional information

See the "Detection and deployment tools and guidance" subsection.

Restart requirement

Restart required?

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, you receive a message that advises you to restart.
To help reduce the possibility that a restart will be required, stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before installing the security update. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 887012.

HotPatching

Not applicable.

Removal information

To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.

Registry key verification



Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

Deployment information

Installing the Update

When you install this security update, the installer checks whether one or more of the files that are being updated on your system have previously been updated by a Microsoft hotfix.

For more information about the terminology that appears in this Knowledge Base article, such as hotfix, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 824684.

This security update supports the following setup switches.

Supported security update installation switches

Switch

Description

/?, /h, /help

Displays help on supported switches.

/quiet

Suppresses the display of status or error messages.

/norestart

When it is combined with/quiet, the system is not restarted after installation even if a restart is required to complete installation.

/warnrestart:<seconds>

When it is combined with /quiet, the installer warns the user before it begins the restart.

/promptrestart

When it is combined with /quiet, the installer prompts before it begins restart.

/forcerestart

When it is combined with /quiet, the installer forcibly closes applications and begins the restart.

/log:<file name>

Enables logging to specified file.

/extract:<destination>

Extracts the package contents to the destination folder.

/uninstall /kb:<KB number>

Uninstalls the security update.

Note For more information about the Wusa.exe installer, see "Windows Update Stand-alone Installer" in the TechNet article, Miscellaneous Changes in Windows 7.

Verifying That the Update Was Applied

Because there are several editions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your system. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

File Version Verification

  1. Click Start, and then type an update file name in the Start Search box.

  2. When the file appears under Programs, right-click the file name, and then click Properties.

  3. On the General tab, compare the file size with the file information tables provided in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

    Note Depending on the edition of the operating system, or the programs that are installed on your system, some files that are listed in the file information table may not be installed.

  4. You can also click the Details tab and compare information, such as file version and date modified, with the file information tables provided in the Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

    Note Attributes other than the file version may change during installation. Comparing other file attributes to the information in the file information table is not a supported method of verifying that the update was applied. Also, in certain cases, files may be renamed during installation. If the file or version information is not present, use one of the other available methods to verify update installation.

  5. Finally, you can also click the Previous Versions tab and compare file information for the previous version of the file together with the file information for the new, or updated, version of the file.

FILE INFORMATION

The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time and with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Flash.ocx

11.3.377.15

10,672,992

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

11.3.377.15

695,648

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

11.3.377.15

80,736

29-Nov-2012

23:06

Not Applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

11.3.377.15

474,976

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

11.3.377.15

701,792

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flash.ocx

11.3.377.15

10,672,992

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

11.3.377.15

695,648

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

11.3.377.15

80,736

29-Nov-2012

23:06

Not Applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

11.3.377.15

474,976

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

11.3.377.15

701,792

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86


File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Flash.ocx

11.3.377.15

12,975,456

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

11.3.377.15

523,104

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

11.3.377.15

430,944

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x64

Flash.ocx

11.3.377.15

12,975,456

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

11.3.377.15

523,104

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

11.3.377.15

430,944

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x64

Flash.ocx

11.3.377.15

10,672,992

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

11.3.377.15

695,648

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

11.3.377.15

80,736

29-Nov-2012

23:06

Not Applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

11.3.377.15

474,976

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

11.3.377.15

701,792

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flash.ocx

11.3.377.15

10,672,992

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

11.3.377.15

695,648

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

11.3.377.15

80,736

29-Nov-2012

23:06

Not Applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

11.3.377.15

474,976

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

11.3.377.15

701,792

29-Nov-2012

23:06

x86


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