MS16-036: Security update for Adobe Flash Player: March 10, 2016

Summary

This update resolves vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player when installed on all supported editions of Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows 10 Version 1511.

To learn more about the vulnerability, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-036.

More Information

Important

  • All future security and non-security updates for Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2 require update 2919355 to be installed. We recommend that you install update 2919355 on your Windows RT 8.1-based, Windows 8.1-based, or Windows Server 2012 R2-based computer so that you receive future updates.

  • If you install a language pack after you install this update, you must reinstall this update. Therefore, we recommend that you install any language packs that you need before you install this update. For more information, see Add language packs to Windows.

  • This security update applies to the Windows operating systems that are listed in the "Applies to" section in this article. If you want to install Adobe Flash Player update for an earlier version of Windows, try Adobe Flash Player Download.

How to obtain and install the update

Method 1: Windows Update

This update is available through Windows Update. When you turn on automatic updating, this update will be downloaded and installed automatically. For more information about how to turn on automatic updating, see
Get security updates automatically.

Note For Windows RT 8.1, this update is available through Windows Update only.

You can obtain the stand-alone update package through the Microsoft Download Center. Follow the installation instructions on the download page to install the update.

Click the download link in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-036 that corresponds to the version of Windows that you are running.

More Information

Security CentralYou can manage the software and security updates that you have to deploy to the servers, desktops, and mobile systems in your organization. For more information, see the TechNet Update Management Center. The
Microsoft TechNet Security website provides more 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 security updates most easily by doing a keyword search for "security update."

You can download security updates from the
Microsoft Update Catalog. The Microsoft Update Catalog provides a searchable catalog of content that is 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 guidanceMicrosoft 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 AnalyzerMicrosoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) lets administrators scan local and remote systems for missing security updates and 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 8.1 for 32-bit systems

No

Windows 8.1 for 64-bit systems

No

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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 the "Legacy Product Support" section of
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. Here they will find information about how to create comprehensive security update detection by using legacy tools.

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

Windows Server Update Services

Systems Management ServerThe following table provides the Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) detection and deployment summary for this security update.

Software

SMS 2003 with ITMU

System Center Configuration Manager

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit systems

No

Yes

Windows 8.1 for 64-bit systems

No

Yes

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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 who remain 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, see Systems Management Server 2003. For more information about SMS scanning tools, see
Systems Management Server 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 that are required for your applications to run. This can trigger incompatibilities and increase the time that is required to deploy security updates. You can streamline the testing and validating of Windows updates against installed applications by using the
Update Compatibility Evaluator components that are included in Application Compatibility Toolkit.

The Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) contains the necessary tools and documentation to evaluate and decrease 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.

Windows 8.1 (all editions)

Reference tableThe following table contains the security update information for this software. You can find more information in the "Deployment information" section.

Deployment

Information

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 11 on all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 8.1:
Windows8.1-KB3144756-x86.msu /quiet

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 11 on all supported x64-based editions of Windows 8.1:
Windows8.1-KB3144756-x64.msu /quiet

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 11 on all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 8.1:

Windows8.1-KB3144756-x86.msu /quiet /norestart

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 11 on all supported x64-based editions of Windows 8.1:

Windows8.1-KB3144756-x64.msu /quiet /norestart

More information

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

Restart requirement

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update requires 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, you should stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before you install the security update. For more information about why you may be prompted to restart, see
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 887012.

Hotpatching

Not applicable

Removal information

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

Registry key verification

There is no registry key to validate the presence of this update.

Inclusion in future service packs

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

Deployment information

Installing the updateWhen 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 installation switches.

Switch

Description

/?, /h, /help

Displays help about 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 the 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 the "Windows Update Stand-alone Installer" section in the TechNet article
Miscellaneous Changes in Windows 7.

Verifying that the update was appliedBecause there are several editions of Windows, the following steps may be different on your system. If they are different, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

Verifying the file version

  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 this 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 changed, with the file information tables that are 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 are renamed during installation. If the file or version information does not exist, 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 earlier version of the file together with the file information for the new, or updated, version of the file.

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (all editions)

Reference tableThe following table contains the security update information for this software. You can find more information in the "Deployment information" subsection in this section.

Deployment

Information

Installing without requiring user intervention

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported editions of Windows Server 2012:
Windows8-RT-KB3144756-x64.msu /quiet

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 11 on all supported editions of Windows Server 2012 R2:

Windows8.1-KB3144756-x64.msu /quiet

Installing without restarting

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 10 on all supported editions of Windows Server 2012:
Windows8-RT-KB3144756-x64.msu /quiet /norestart

For Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer 11 on all supported editions of Windows Server 2012 R2:

Windows8.1-KB3144756-x64.msu /quiet /norestart

More information

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

Restart requirement

In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update requires 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, you should stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files before you install the security update. For more information about why you may be prompted to restart, see
Microsoft Knowledge Base article 887012.

Hotpatching

Not applicable

Removal information

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

Registry key verification



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

Inclusion in future service packs

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

Deployment information

Installing the updateWhen you install this security update, the installer checks whether one or more of the files that are being updated on your system were previously 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 installation switches.

Switch

Description

/?, /h, /help

Displays help about supported switches.

/quiet

Suppresses the display of status or error messages.

/norestart

When it is combined with/quiet, the system does not restart after the 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 the user before it begins the restart.

/forcerestart

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

/log:<file name>

Enables logging to the 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 following Microsoft TechNet article:

Miscellaneous Changes in Windows 7

Verifying that the update was appliedBecause there are several editions of Windows, the following steps may be different in your system. If they are different, see your product documentation to complete these steps.

Verifying the file version

  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 that are provided in the Knowledge Base article.

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

  4. You can also click the Details tab to compare information, such as file version and date changed, with the file information tables that are provided in the 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 does not exist, use one of the other available methods to verify update installation.

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


Help for installing updates: Support for Microsoft Update

Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support

Help for protecting your Windows-based computer from viruses and malware: Virus Solution and Security Center

Local support according to your country: International Support

File Information

File name

SHA1 hash

SHA256 hash

Windows10.0-KB3144756-x64.msu (Windows 10 version 1511)

03DC32ED0E0D2BAD1EFCBA6D232C69E0F47DD043

3579C02CA0993D53D65AD9EB297C9B6951934D4734C2B34306D3EB9F68016E6C

Windows10.0-KB3144756-x64.msu

B77E9D25247A75BEBA22914FCD55035D9CC48267

A51FF52EF8C3DE649DDE1DFA95249F7F31B1054D83887358EE085592D84C051A

Windows10.0-KB3144756-x86.msu (Windows 10 version 1511)

76FD92A70D45DCF80483CA18D959B2FADCA59721

29A2426A6DEE0F0E0CACBFB3EC2C6CAA166DB00ADC9983BAAC1DCB1FC41AA9D1

Windows10.0-KB3144756-x86.msu

BF344F996AE1522280CA9340FF00FD7DD009AD1D

4C545701FA38DE96EC296945125ADE1CC8626799603BB9BA61F5F88633F51871

Windows8.1-KB3144756-x64.msu

8C1108C5CDA1A142386C6FC287951FBF23604000

9DEF9DCD047B701F2785B5297E702551C9B8CEE127A1E26E4009DF967F24D1FE

Windows8.1-KB3144756-x86.msu

8205E5A1F4EEABE39E90D6247A5F97AD93A9E106

9FE7404751EFD035D9B0FEC3771B83507630487C060448AC70082ADF30A81209

Windows8-RT-KB3144756-x64.msu

925ACA5D7C8BE00C230B3A3A09C95DCDD2B82DBA

21DA63A6D19270BB8BF127B1CE94F82477B3848EF59B133DE402BA0ACB7DE876

Windows8-RT-KB3144756-x86.msu

EF9BC702F7EF3243E30ECE9FC9B48022150A84D1

BF07FE4876B15BE1FA8B5B6F4059EB3497599BB8A1269A3CBB87D77E0A894D98


The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables.

Windows Server 2012 file information

Notes

  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:

    Version

    Product

    Milestone

    Service branch

    6.2.920 0.17xxx

    Windows Server 2012

    RTM

    GDR

    6.2.920 0.21xxx

    Windows Server 2012

    RTM

    LDR

  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and MUM files (.mum) that are installed are not listed.

For all supported x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

158,566

08-Mar-2016

21:58

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

27,892,696

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

632,288

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

886,752

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x64

Activex.vch

Not applicable

158,566

08-Mar-2016

07:24

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

27,892,696

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

632,288

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

886,752

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x64

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

21:58

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,513,688

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,400

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,096

08-Mar-2016

21:58

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,088

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,221,600

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:24

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,513,688

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,400

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,096

08-Mar-2016

07:24

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,088

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,221,600

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

For all supported x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

21:58

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,513,688

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,400

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,096

08-Mar-2016

21:58

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,088

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,221,600

08-Mar-2016

21:58

x86

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:24

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,513,688

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,400

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,096

08-Mar-2016

07:24

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,088

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,221,600

08-Mar-2016

07:24

x86

Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 file information

Notes

  • The files that apply to a specific product, milestone (RTM, SPn), and service branch (LDR, GDR) can be identified by examining the file version numbers as shown in the following table:

    Version

    Product

    Milestone

    Service branch

    6.3.960 0.17 xxx

    Windows RT 8.1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2

    RTM

    GDR

  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. LDR service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.

  • The MANIFEST files (.manifest) and MUM files (.mum) that are installed are not listed.

For all supported x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:00

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,514,232

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,944

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,632

08-Mar-2016

07:00

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,632

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,222,136

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

For all supported x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

158,566

08-Mar-2016

07:00

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

27,893,240

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

632,824

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

887,288

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x64

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:00

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,514,232

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,944

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,632

08-Mar-2016

07:00

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,632

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,222,136

08-Mar-2016

07:00

x86

Windows 10 file information

For all supported x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:10

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,514,232

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,944

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,632

08-Mar-2016

07:10

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,632

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,222,136

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

For all supported x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

158,566

08-Mar-2016

07:10

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

27,893,240

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

632,824

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

887,288

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x64

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:10

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,514,232

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,944

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,632

08-Mar-2016

07:10

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,632

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,222,136

08-Mar-2016

07:10

x86

Windows 10 version 1511 file information

For all supported x86-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:12

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,514,232

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,944

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,632

08-Mar-2016

07:12

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,632

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,222,136

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

For all supported x64-based versions

File name

File version

File size

Date

Time

Platform

Activex.vch

Not applicable

158,566

08-Mar-2016

07:12

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

27,893,240

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x64

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

632,824

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x64

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

887,288

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x64

Activex.vch

Not applicable

723,090

08-Mar-2016

07:12

Not applicable

Flash.ocx

21.0.0.182

21,514,232

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

Flashplayerapp.exe

21.0.0.182

829,944

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

Flashplayercplapp.cpl

21.0.0.182

176,632

08-Mar-2016

07:12

Not applicable

Flashutil_activex.dll

21.0.0.182

560,632

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86

Flashutil_activex.exe

21.0.0.182

1,222,136

08-Mar-2016

07:12

x86


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